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Texas governor Rick Perry: Tragedy 'hit every family'

18 April 2013 Last updated at 18:37 BST

A search and rescue effort is continuing in the US state of Texas after a huge explosion at a fertiliser plant on Wednesday night killed up to 15 people and injured hundreds.

Many buildings in the town of West were flattened by the blast, which registered as a small earthquake.

The governor of Texas, Rick Perry, has declared the explosion a disaster. Mr Perry also praised the emergency services as well as the residents of the small West community.