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Deadly tornado hits city in Russia’s Far East

Published time: July 31, 2011 14:24
Edited time: July 31, 2011 19:53

Tornado in Blagoveshchensk. Video from YouTube users TheHeleneda, kumyk107, vitalisudakov (photo from

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One person has been killed and twenty eight others injured as a powerful tornado hit the Russian far-eastern city of Blagoveshchensk.

The tornado was so powerful that it tore the roofs from houses, turned over vehicles, flattened trees and smashed windows in several buildings. 

Local authorities have introduced a state of emergency in the city, Itar-Tass news agency reports. 200 people and 50 vehicles are already involved in the cleaning operation.