51 Killed as Tornado Flattens Homes in East China
Posted by feww on June 23, 2016
- Death toll climbs to 78, with 500 others injured.
- Meteorological authorities have issued a yellow warning for heavy rain in east, central and southwest China.
- The provincial meteorological authority in Fujian issued an orange alert for heat on Thursday, as temperatures reached 39ºC.
Extreme Weather Events Batter Multiple Provinces in China
At least 51 people were killed and dozens more injured as extreme weather events walloped east China’s Jiangsu Province Thursday, said a report.
“Downpours, hailstorms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng City at 2:30 p.m., destroying many houses, the city government said in a press release.”
Extreme weather events hit including hurricane force winds of about 125 km/hr battered several townships in Funing and Sheyang counties in the suburbs of Yancheng, the report said.
Many houses have collapsed, killing at least 51people with dozens of injuries reported as of 8:30pm, the report said.
Elsewhere in China…
“Heavy rain has left 42 people dead and 25 missing in 10 provincial-level regions as of Wednesday morning, according to statistics from the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA)
“More than 460,000 people were relocated and 321,000 are in urgent need of emergency relief after continuous rainfall in the 10 regions in southern part of China including Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Hubei and Sichuan, since June 18, the ministry said.
“About 6,800 houses collapsed and many crops were destroyed, leading to an economic loss of 9.67 billion yuan (1.46 bln U.S. dollars), it said.”