I feel obliged to question President Barack Obama’s viewpoint that the Tornado that devistated Oklahoma City killing at least 91 people, as a disaster. I think that falls short of showing the terrible truth of the devastation.
The two-mile wide tornado was said to have flatted homes, flung cars through the air and decimated at least two schools.
President Obama pledged federal aid would be available to the people in the five counties affected. A spokesman from the National Weather service confirmed, “It seems that our worst fears have happened today,” reported Bill Bunting.
According to the Mayor Glenn Lewis of one of the worst affected areas, Moore Oklahoma, ‘The whole city looks like a debris field’.
Yet I can’t help but think back to the same promises made by a President in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when it levelled Louisiana in 2005.
‘We will bring the US Government, Federal Aid to bear and give every resource we can’. It’s of course not the first Tornado for the residents of Oklahoma. Some still remember the 8,000 homes and 46 lives lost in May of 1999.
“You can see where there’s absolutely nothing, then there are places where you have mobile home frames on top of each other, debris piled up,” Mike Booth, the sheriff of Pottawatomie County, Okla., told The Associated Press. “It looks like there’s been heavy equipment in there on a demolition tour.”
Of course, we all hope that President Obama’s declaring Oklahoma a disaster area, that the desperately needed federal aid will materialise. Though it won’t make the people of Oklahoma who lost loved ones in the tragedy feel any better!
On a lighter note 9 year old Kaileigh Hawkins was reunited with her parents and even the puppy found in Oklahoma will find its way to a loving home.