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Oklahoma Tornado: Death Toll Revised Down To 24, Medical Officer Says

21/05/2013 15:19 BST
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SHAWNEE, OK - MAY 20: Candice Lopez (L) and Stephanie Davis help clean debris from Thelma Cox's mobile home after it was destroyed by a tornado May 20, 2013 near Shawnee, Oklahoma. A series of tornados moved across central Oklahoma May 19, killing two people and injuring at least 21. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Chaos in the aftermath of the devastating Oklahoma tornado may have meant that officials radically overestimated the death toll - with authorities saying 24 people are now believed to have died.

"We have got good news. The number right now is 24," Amy Elliott, chief administrative officer at the Oklahoma City Medical Examiner's Office told Reuters.

The prior figure of 91 dead may have included some double-reported casualties. "There was a lot of chaos," Elliott added. More dead could be found when the rubble is cleared by rescue workers.

All but three of the bodies have now been identified. At least seven of those believed to have been killed were children at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma.

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They are said to have been sheltering in the basement of the school when a water pipe burst, and at least soem are believed to have drowned.

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