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Deadly tornadoes batter Southern US states

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At least 13 people have died after storms triggered tornadoes and flooding across several southern US states.

Tornadoes ripped through Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi yesterday, while severe storms also hit parts of Alabama and Georgia today.

More than 900,000 households were without power this morning local time.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency confirmed deaths across three counties yesterday.

US media reported a man in Georgia was killed today when a tree fell on a house.

In Louisiana, a number of homes were destroyed in the city of Monroe.

The city’s official social media account initially reported only minor injuries.

Still in Foreign News, In a sign that some restrictions on businesses in South Africa could soon be eased, the world’s biggest platinum producer, Sibanye-Stillwater says the government has given it approval to start a limited amount of mining and processing starting tomorrow.

Last month, when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a strict lockdown in an effort to stop coronavirus spreading, mines in South Africa stopped production.

Mining is a key sector of the country’s economy which had already been in a crisis prior to the lockdown.

The central bank predicts hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost but some economists fear the number will be in the millions.

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