A tornado, hail storms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in China’s eastern Jiangsu province on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The storm struck mid-afternoon near Yancheng city, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses, the report said, citing China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Winds of 125 km per hour battered several townships in Funing county.
Power and communications are down in some areas and emergency supplies, including 1,000 tents, have been rushed to the scene, the civil affairs ministry was quoted as saying in a statement.
Pictures posted online showed injured people lying amid destroyed houses, overturned cars, split tree trunks and broken power lines.
The summer often brings severe weather to China. Severe floods in the south killed at least 22 people and left 20 missing earlier this week.
Last June, a freak storm led to the sinking of a Yangtze River cruise ship that killed 442 people, many of them elderly tourists.
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