At least 78 people have been killed, and a further 500 wounded, after a tornado, hailstorms and torrential rain, struck eastern China.
A tornado, hailstorms and driving rain killed at least 78 people and injured some 500 in eastern China on Thursday, flattening power lines, overturning cars and ripping roofs off houses in Jiangsu province.
The storm struck mid-afternoon near Yancheng city, a few hours’ drive north of China’s commercial capital, Shanghai, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.
Winds of 125 km per hour (78 mph) battered several townships in Funing county, the official Xinhua news agency said.
Of the roughly 500 hurt about 200 have serious injuries. 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 said in a statement.