China tornado: 51 killed in Jiangsu after extreme weather rips through eastern province

A tornado in China has killed 51 people and destroyed huge numbers of buildings, according to officials.

The tornado formed near the city of Yancheng on Thursday, reports 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.

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China has frequently been devastated by natural disasters, particularly by floods and earthquakes. Flooding, an annual problem, has been exacerbated by urban sprawl and poor drainage infrastructure in many cities.