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134 now confirmed dead after Joplin, Mo., tornado, none remain missing

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A man sorts through what is left of a home in Joplin, Mo. on May 24, 2011. The tornado that swept through the area has left a confirmed 134 people dead, officials announced today.

Missouri officials say everyone who had been reported missing since last week's massive Joplin tornado has been accounted for and at least 134 people have been confirmed killed.

The Wednesday announcement came from the Missouri Department of Public Safety. The agency has led the effort to track down the nearly 270 people listed as unaccounted for after the May 22 tornado.

The department says the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the unaccounted-for list, seven people who had been taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm, and three people who have since died in the hospital from their injuries.

More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed in the tornado.

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