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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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Seine water levels decrease after Paris flooding peak

The swollen Seine burst its banks in Paris. Credit: Reuters

The water level of the Seine river in Paris is finally falling after it reached its peak overnight, the highest in 35 years.

Floods across France, Germany, and Belgium in recent days have seen at least 11 people killed, with thousands evacuated and many more left without power.

French authorities have warned that it could take 10 days for the river to return to its normal level after flooding swelled it to 15 feet (4.5m) above average in Paris.

More than 17,000 homes were still without electricity on Saturday in the Paris region and centre of France.

Authorities have also shut the Louvre museum, the national library, the Orsay museum and the Grand Palais, Paris' striking glass-and-steel topped exhibition centre.

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