In the US, at least 15 people have died after powerful storms and tornadoes swept through vast swathes of the Midwest and the South.

Nine of the victims were in Indiana where tornadoes ripped through three counties, causing widespread damage to property and scattering debris.

The town of Henryville in Indiana was said by police to have “completely gone.”

Another five people died in Kentucky and one in Ohio.

Tornado warnings have also been issued in West Virginia, Alabama and Tennessee.

The latest fatalities bring to 28 the number of people who have lost their lives due to severe weather in the United States in the past week.