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Chinese state media say 51 killed by powerful tornado

The remains of a steel tower are photographed in Funing County, in east China's Jiangsu Province, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a tornado hit the area. A powerful tornado on Thursday killed a number of people and destroyed a large numbers of buildings in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, state media reported. (Xinhua via AP) NO SALES

The remains of a steel tower are photographed in Funing County, in east China's Jiangsu Province, on Thursday, June 23, 2016, after a tornado hit the area. A powerful tornado on Thursday killed a number of people and destroyed a large numbers of buildings in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangsu, state media reported. (Xinhua via AP) NO SALES  (The Associated Press)

Chinese state media say a powerful tornado has killed 51 people and destroyed a large number of buildings in the eastern province of Jiangsu.

The reports said the tornado formed near the city of Yancheng on Thursday. They said large numbers of people were injured and roads were blocked.

Southern and eastern China have experienced weeks of torrential rain and storms that have caused widespread flooding and a number of casualties.