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Two children among 35 dead in Chinese tour bus fire

At least 35 people including two children have died after a tour bus caught fire in central China, state media reported.

A further eleven passengers were hospitalised with injuries, four of whom are seriously hurt.

The bus had 55 people on board when it crashed into a guard rail and then set alight from an oil leak, Xinhua agency reported.

Police have detained the driver.

Tornado and extreme rainstorms kill 78 people in China

A man stands on the debris of his house after the tornado struck Credit: Reuters

Chinese state media is reporting that dozens of people have died after a tornado and torrential rain struck Jiangsu province on Thursday afternoon.

It has been reported that 78 people have been killed, and around 500 people injured as storms battered the eastern coast of China.

It is believed that of those 500, around 200 people are seriously injured.

Debris of damaged houses in Yangcheng, Jiangsu province Credit: Reuters

Many homes in Yangcheng city, which has taken the brunt of the storms, have been flattened.

Power and communications are down in some areas, and emergency supplies including a thousand tents have been sent to the scene, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement.

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