Jeff Bezos's emotional message on the death of six Amazon employees during the storm in the United States.
The businessman lamented the tragedy in which at least 80 people died in six states of the country. A warehouse of the company collapsed in Illinois.
Amazon chief Jeff Bezos said on Saturday he was "heartbroken" after at least six people were killed in a storm at an Amazon warehouse in the US state of Illinois.
"The news from Edwardsville is tragic," Bezos tweeted about the city where the facility was located.
We are heartbroken at the loss of our comrades there, and our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and loved ones, "he added.
The warehouse was hit by a series of tornadoes that swept through six US states, killing more than 80 people in total in what President Joe Biden said is likely "one of the largest storm outbreaks" in history.
Up to 100 Amazon employees working a night shift before Christmas are believed to have been trapped when the warehouse collapsed. It is unclear how many could be trapped just yet.
Early Saturday, Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford told reporters that 45 people safely made it out of the building. One had to be airlifted to hospital for treatment, and at least six had died.
But he said the operation had shifted from rescue to focusing "just on recovery," fueling fears that the death toll could still rise.
Bezos tweeted that all Edwards Will should know that the Amazon team is committed to helping them and will stand by them during this crisis.
We truly thank all the wonderful first responders who worked so hard on the site.
The most intense series of tornadoes in memory hit six states in the United States at dawn on Saturday, leaving dozens of deaths and an unknown number of missing, in addition to a trail of devastation that has swept away entire populations and caused countless damage.
The storm, which started late Friday, hit Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee hard. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), there were reports of 37 tornadoes in different states.
The US president, Joe Biden, approved the declaration of emergency in Kentucky this Saturday to accelerate the disbursement of aid through the Federal Agency for Emergency Management (FEMA).
Biden, who initially described what happened as an "unimaginable tragedy," promised in a speech Saturday afternoon from his city, Willmington (Delaware), that his government will do "whatever it takes" to support the states hit by the storm and "will find a way to provide it."