Tornado, hail storms kill at least 51 in east China: Xinhua

Tornado and hail storm hits China A man stands on debris of his damaged house after a tornado hit Funing county, Yancheng, Jiangsu province, China June 23, 2016. China Daily/via REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters) – A tornado and hail storms killed at least 51 people on Thursday in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, state media said.

The storms brought down power lines and houses, Xinhua news agency said.

“Downpours, hail storms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng city … causing many houses to topple,” it said.

Pictures posted by media online showed injured people lying amid overturned houses and cars, split tree trunks and broken power lines.

Severe floods in southern China killed at least 22 people and left 20 missing earlier this week.

(Reporting by Chen Aizhu; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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