A powerful tornado and hail storms in eastern China have killed 51 people, according to the country’s state media.
Many homes have been destroyed by the tornado
The tornado struck homes, farms and factories near the city of Yancheng, with winds of up to 78mph.
The city has a population of more than eight million people and is situated about 500 miles south of Beijing.
Some 51 people have been killed and dozens more injured. Pic: CCTV News
Dozens of people were injured and large numbers of buildings destroyed, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.
Recent extreme weather conditions including torrential downpours added to the chaos and carnage in Jiangsu province, located north of Shanghai.
“Downpours, hail storms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng city… causing many houses to topple,” said the agency.
A motorist attempts to drive down a flooded street in Lianyungang
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