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2011 has been an exceptionally destructive and deadly year for tornadoes; worldwide, at least 566 people perished due to tornadoes: 12 in Bangladesh and one in New Zealand, one in the Philippines, one in Russia, one in Canada and an estimated 550 in the United States (compared to 564 US deaths in the 10 years prior combined).
Due in large part to several extremely large tornado outbreaks in the middle and end of April and in late May, the year is currently on near-record to record pace, with six EF5 tornadoes as of July 6. It is also the deadliest year for tornadoes in the United States since 1936, due mostly to the 324 tornadic deaths that occurred during the April 27 outbreak across the Southeastern United States and the 159 tornadic deaths in the 2011 Joplin Tornado.