Pictures: Indiana tornadoes after powerful storms kill at least 36

Image copyright Rola, Backstory Image caption The tornado ripped through cities in central Indiana

Thousands of people across several central US states have had their lives turned upside down by devastating tornadoes. Here is a collection of before-and-after photos showing the scale of the devastation.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption A photographer places her camera on an overturned car in Cedar Lake, Indiana

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption A cornfield, one of several affected by the storms. Photographs of injured people being treated at a hospital were being shared on social media. Photographs of injured people being treated at a hospital were being shared on social media.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption At the scene in Kokomo, Indiana, body bags were being set up. While the state has suffered at least 36 confirmed deaths, the official figure remains incomplete. At the scene in Kokomo, Indiana, body bags were being set up. While the state has suffered at least 36 confirmed deaths, the official figure remains incomplete.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption Police are awaiting the arrival of a helicopter to reach a house flattened by the tornado. Police are awaiting the arrival of a helicopter to reach a house flattened by the tornado.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption In Middletown, Indiana, a man walks around with a piece of glass as he recovers from what he described as a nightmarish experience. In Middletown, Indiana, a man walks around with a piece of glass as he recovers from what he described as a nightmarish experience.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption Destroyed vehicles at the scene in Kokomo, Indiana. Destroyed vehicles at the scene in Kokomo, Indiana.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption A wall of debris, torn down to a few feet tall, presents a bleak view of the destruction. A wall of debris, torn down to a few feet tall, presents a bleak view of the destruction.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption Pieces of debris are left scattered in Quincy, Indiana. Pieces of debris are left scattered in Quincy, Indiana.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption An uprooted tree in one of many neighbourhoods left devastated by the powerful storms. An uprooted tree in one of many neighbourhoods left devastated by the powerful storms.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption A flattened house in one of many tornadoes affected areas. A flattened house in one of many tornadoes affected areas.

Image copyright Matt Duncan/Screenshot Image caption Each week, the BBC gets involved in the photography of America’s tornadoes. See more of the pictures here.

WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN GRAPHIC CONTENT.

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