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Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 06/02/2011

Joplin, Mo., officials say that all the missing are accounted for, 134 confirmed dead


Crews clear debris from houses destroyed when a tornado devastated Joplin on May 22. (SARAH CONARD - REUTERS)
Officials in Joplin, Mo., said Wednesday that all of the 232 people reported missing after the fatal May 22 tornado have been accounted for. The death toll now stands at 134. Officials warned that the death toll could rise. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told the Kansas City Star on Wednesday that “a huge weight of uncertainty has been lifted from the shoulders of this community.”

Several agencies are working together to remove debris that could release potentially harmful dust into the air. In a bit of good news, initial air quality tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency did not detect any asbestos.

Watch the memorial service for those killed by the massive tornado at the Peace Lutheran Church.

(Source: Associated Press)

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