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Chinese state media say dozens killed by powerful tornado

Chinese state media say dozens killed by powerful tornado

A powerful tornado and hailstorm struck the outskirts of an eastern Chinese city on Thursday, killing at least 78 people and destroying buildings, smashing trees and flipping vehicles.

The tornado hit a densely populated area of farms and factories near the city of Yancheng in Jiangsu province, about 500 miles south of Beijing.

Nearly 500 of people were injured, 200 of them critically, the official New China News Agency reported. Roads were blocked with trees, downed power lines and other debris, and rescue efforts were further complicated by heavy rain and the possibility of further hailstorms and even more tornadoes, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

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