Obama sends condolences to tornado victims, says 'your country will be there to help'

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Associated Press

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 28 at 12:33 PM

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — President Barack Obama is sending his deepest condolences to those affected by a deadly tornado that ripped through Arkansas and is directing federal resources to the area.

The White House says Obama is sending Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate (FYOO'-gayt) to Arkansas to support state and local efforts. Obama also telephoned Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe (bee-bee) to offer help.

A broad tornado killed at least 16 people when it sliced through a suburb of Little Rock yesterday. Another twister killed a person in Oklahoma, while a third death is being reported in Iowa. Emergency officials in Keokuk County say a woman was killed when either a tornado or straight-line winds caused a farm building to collapse.

Speaking at a news conference in the Philippines, Obama praised the heroic efforts of first responders and neighbors and said people hit by the disaster should know that their country is ready to help them "recover and rebuild, as long as it takes."

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