126th death confirmed from Joplin tornado

By JIM SALTER and NOMAAN MERCHANT | May 26, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

Sally Adams holds her cat Callie after she was found in her devastated Joplin, Mo. home Thursday, May 26, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 125 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — The death toll from the massive tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri town of Joplin now stands at 126.

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr announced the updated figure to reporters Thursday after meeting with residents and government officials about plans to offer assistance to victimized residents.

More than 900 people suffered injuries in Sunday's tornado, now considered the nation's single-deadliest in six decades.