Missouri tornado missing list shrinks after 90 found

image captionJoplin residents resume some of their regular activities, five days after the tornado

Ninety people previously unaccounted for after a tornado devastated a Missouri city on Sunday have been found alive, officials have said.

Officials in Joplin are still seeking 156 who remain unaccounted for and fear many are among the unidentified dead.

Six people on an initial list of 232 missing were confirmed perished and 22 names have been added to the list.

The tornado killed at least 132 people and injured 900, making it one of the most destructive in US history.

The list has steadily shrunk and authorities hope they will clear it altogether.

An elderly woman was found sitting with her cat outside her wrecked house, and a couple were found at a hotel.

Search teams in Joplin, Missouri, home to 49,000 people, have scoured the wreckage for survivors.

On Friday, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Andrea Spillars said investigators were labouring 24 hours a day to identify the dead and clear the list.

US President Barack Obama plans to visit Joplin on Sunday when he returns from a trip to Europe.

Another series of tornadoes struck Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas on Tuesday and Wednesday, killing at least 16 people.

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