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Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has expressed condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, to the families of those killed during one of the strongest tornados ever to hit the United States of America.

Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer, informed at the Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, May 22, that the Prime Minister sent a letter to US President, Barrack Obama, in which she expressed sorrow at the widespread destruction and tragic loss of lives in the state of Oklahoma.

Following is the text of the letter:

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the many tragic deaths and the widespread destruction of property caused by the passing of a tornado, described as among the deadliest and most destructive in the history of the United States, through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday.

“The news is particularly discomforting as reports indicate that the death toll could escalate, with a significant number of missing persons including children from two elementary schools. I am also concerned about the threat of additional tornado strikes and the possibility that other towns and cities remain at high risk.

“The Government and people of Jamaica join me in expressing profound condolences to the bereaved relatives and friends of the victims, as well as our deepest sympathy to those who have suffered injuries and been displaced as a result of this disaster.

“Our prayers are with the American People, especially those in Oklahoma City and its immediate environs, as you commence the daunting task of rehabilitation and reconstruction.

“Please accept, Mr. President, my best wishes and support as you comfort and encourage your people.”

It is reported that the tornado, which killed at least 24 persons and destroyed over 2,400 homes, was 1.3 miles wide as it moved through Moore, in the southern part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. The estimated peak wind ranged from 200 to 210 miles per hour.

Contact: Andrea Braham