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Officials: 232 People Still Unaccounted For In Joplin

There are still 232 people unaccounted for after Sunday's devastating tornado that ripped apart much of Joplin, Mo., state officials just announced, The Associated Press reports.

While sobering, that's well below the 1,500 figure that some news outlets were reporting as recently as Wednesday.

According to the AP, "Andrea Spillars, deputy director and general counsel for the Missouri Department of Public Safety, said a list of the 232 names will be released later Thursday. She urged survivors to check in."

Among the ways to report you're OK and find out about family and loved ones is by logging into the Safe and Well website managed by the American Red Cross.

The City of Joplin is also encouraging anyone who left the area but hasn't reported that they're safe to call 417-659-5464.

The official death toll from the Joplin disaster is 125. At least another 900 people were injured.

Update at 3:30 p.m. ET: The list is now posted here, and The Associated Press reports that at least one person on it has already been found safe and alive.