The number of missing people from a devastating tornado that hit Joplin, a city of 50,000 in southwestern Missouri, on May 22 reduced to ten on Wednesday, while Missouri officials continued the process of identifying the remains of bodies recovered.
As many as 123 victims have been positively identified and their relatives notified, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said Tuesday. Of the 123 who have been identified, 13 were under the age of 18.
Officials had reported 146 sets of human remains from the tornado, a number unchanged since Sunday. There is a chance that the remains of one person are in more than one set, they have said.
The tornado that struck Joplin had its rating changed from EF4 to EF5 (the highest rating for a tornado), according to the survey by National Weather Service. The tornado that hit Joplin with winds of nearly 200 miles per hour (328 km/hour) was the deadliest single twister in the United States since 1947.
Take a look at the fresh set of aftermath photos: