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MORE than 1,000 houses were destroyed and 10,000 people were adversely affected as a tornado accompanied by strong winds hit Medirigiriya in the Polonnaruwa district of Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Nearly 500 houses were flattened when the tornado estimated at 50 miles per hour hit four villages within two to three minutes, uprooting many trees and lampposts, Xinhua reported yesterday.


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