Storms kill over 50 in China

2016-06-23 18:31
The remains of a steel tower in Funing County, China, after a tornado hit the area. (Xinhua via AP)

The remains of a steel tower in Funing County, China, after a tornado hit the area. (Xinhua via AP)

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Beijing - Extreme weather, including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado, killed 51 and injured dozens in China's eastern Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

The storms hit Yancheng city in the province around 14:30 (06:30 GMT) on Thursday, levelling homes, it said.

Many parts of China have been lashed by torrential rains this week as summer rainstorms have been heavier than usual, causing damage across the country.

In central China heavy floods killed 22 people and displaced 197 000, state media said on Monday.

Direct economic losses from the floods hit nearly 2.7 billion yuan ($410m), state media reported.

China's Vice Premier Wang Yang said days earlier that China faced volatile weather conditions due to the influence of El Nino.

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