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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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In Pictures: Tornado strikes on Suffolk-Norfolk border

A tornado pictured at Wortwell near Harleston, Norfolk Credit: Vikki Woodford

Eyewitness Vikki Woodford said she saw the tornado touch the ground at Wortwell on the Norfolk-Suffolk border.

Vikki wrote on the ITV News Anglia Facebook page: "I have pictures of it from Wortwell - very clear! We watched it touch down, videoed it then left before the storm was overhead."

She added that it then fizzled out.

There are no reports of any damage.

A tornado pictured at Wortwell near Harleston, Norfolk Credit: Vikki Woodford

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Thunderstorms and torrential downpours in Northamptonshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire

Rainfall radar image taken at 1.20pm. The pink and white areas indicates the heaviest downpours. Credit: Met Office

Torrential downpours and thunderstorms are currently tracking across Northamptonshire and into Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, heading north east towards The Wash.

Areas on the rainfall radar map coloured white indicate rainfall rates of more than 32 mm per hour.

Rainfall radar image at 3.20pm showing the thunderstorms clearing away to the north Credit: Met Office
Rainfall radar image at 1pm showing thunderstorms moving north east towards The Wash Credit: Met Office

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