A cataclysmic tornado in Jiangsu province has destroyed buildings, left roads blocked and killed at least 78 people near Yancheng, China. Nearly 500 people were injured, 200 of them critically, when the storm hit a densely populated area of farms and factories.

Pictures and videos show people carrying the injured to hospitals, cars and trucks lying upside down, streetlamps snapped in half and electricity pylons crumpled and lying on their side. People report: “I heard the gales and ran upstairs to shut the windows. I had hardly reached the top of the stairs when I heard a boom and saw the entire wall with the windows on it torn away.” READ MORE