UN offers to help with recovery efforts in tornado-hit OklahomaListen /
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the United Nations is ready to help with the recovery efforts in the State of Oklahoma in the United States following Monday's devastating tornado.
At least 24 people are reported to have died, including nine children in the tornado which flattened neighbourhoods with winds of up 200 miles per hour.
Eduardo Del Buey is the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General in New York.
"The Secretary-General was deeply saddened to hear of the death and destruction in Oklahoma City as a result of Monday's tornado. He sends his deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones and to everyone affected by the storm. The Secretary-General has written to the Governor of Oklahoma, Mary Fallin, to express his solidarity and to offer the assistance of the United Nations, if requested, to help with the recovery efforts." (24")
In Geneva, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said the Oklahoma tornado reminded participants in the Fourth Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction about the destruction of natural disasters.
He said they all understand the sorrow and pain felt by the families and friends who lost their loved ones in the tornado.
Gerry Adams, United Nations