President expresses sympathy for victims of US storms

President Mohamed Nasheed has sent condolences to US President Barack Obama following violent storms that caused loss of life and destruction of property in the country’s south.

The storms affected states from Oklahoma to North Carolina and left at least 45 people dead, with 267 tornados recorded over a three day period. Two nuclear reactors were also shut down, leaving parts of the country without power.

β€œAt this time of distress, the Government and the people of the Maldives join me in conveying our profound sympathy to you, the Government and the people of the United States of America and in conveying our condolences to the members of the bereaved families,” said President Nasheed.