Chinese state media say 51 killed by powerful tornado

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A man stands on debris of houses after a tornado hit Funing county, Yancheng, Jiangsu province, June 23, 2016. (Image: China Daily/via REUTERS)

BEIJING (AP)– Chinese state media say a powerful tornado has killed 51 people and destroyed a large number of buildings in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The reports said the tornado formed near the city of Yancheng on Thursday. They said large numbers of people were injured and roads were blocked.

Southern and eastern China have experienced weeks of torrential rain and storms that have caused widespread flooding and a number of casualties.

According to, the United States experiences approximately 75 percent of the world’s known tornadoes and thus is notorious for its tornado climatology in terms of frequency, intensity, and destructive outbreak events.

Outside the U.S., many of the deadliest tornado outbreaks on record have occurred in Bangladesh. The deadliest outbreak in Bangladesh occurred on April 26, 1989 when 1,300 people were killed.

Other countries like Canada, Russia, Argentina and Japan also have frequent tornado activity.

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