May 24 - U.S. President Barack Obama says he will visit Joplin Missouri on Sunday, where 116 residents were killed by a massive tornado. Nick Rowlands reports.
Speaking from the U.S. ambassador's residence in London on Tuesday, President Barack Obama says the devastation caused by the tornado in Missouri is heartbreaking. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "Like all Americans, we have been monitoring what's been taking place very closely and have been heartbroken by the images that we've seen in Joplin, Missouri, in particular. The devastation is comparable and may end up exceeding some of the devastation that we saw in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, just a few weeks ago." At least 116 people were killed and hundreds injured when a monster tornado hit Joplin Missouri on Sunday. Whole neighbourhoods were flattened. President Obama is in Britain on day two of a four nation tour of Europe, and is due to return to Washington on Saturday. He says on Sunday he will visit Missouri and talk to families affected by the storm. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: "We're going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet. That's my commitment, and that's the American people's commitment. Thanks very much." Storms across the southern U.S. last month killed more than 300 people and caused more than $2 billion in property damage. Nick Rowlands, Reuters.