Apr 29 - U.S. President Obama visits tornado-ravaged Alabama -- after a series of violent storms kills at least 310 people in the South. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
U.S. President Barack Obama gets a first hand look at tornado-ravaged Alabama. A series of deadly twisters have killed at least 310 people in the South. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying (English): "We just took a tour and I've got to say I've never seen devastation like this. It is heartbreaking. We were just talking to some residents here who were lucky enough to escape alive but have lost everything." Alabama is the hardest hit of seven southern states that were blasted this week by a swarm of tornadoes and violent storms. It is the deadliest U.S. natural catastrophe since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. SOUNDBITE: U.S. President Barack Obama, saying (English): "We are going to do everything we can to help these communities rebuild. We can't bring those who've been lost back. They're alongside God at this point. We can help maybe a little bit with the families dealing with the grief of having a loved one lost but the property damage which is obviously extensive, that's something we can do something about." In Alabama alone, 210 people lost their lives and 1,700 were injured. The recovery could cost billions of dollars. The President is eager to show that federal relief is on its way and that he is not taking the disaster lightly. His predecessor President George W. Bush was fiercely criticized for what was viewed as a slow response to Hurricane Katrina. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.