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Tornado, hail claims 98 lives in china

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The worst tornado that hit after half a century has endangered many lives in China as a tornado and hailstorm have killed at least 98 people and injured nearly 800 in the east Chinese province of Jiangsu.

The tornado accompanied by torrential rain hit the outskirts of the city of Yancheng on Thursday afternoon which caused heavy destruction with overturned vehicles, snapped trees and street light poles, and toppled electricity pylons.Tornado-WEFORNEWS Counties on the city’s outskirts witnessed winds of with a speed of 125km/h (78 mph). Houses were flattened by the powerful storms, leaving many  local residents homeless.China Tornado-wefornewsMeanwhile, President Xi Jinping had directed for “all-out rescue efforts” . The search operation for survivors in debris has is completed however, a clean-up is under way. the head of the provincial fire corps informed media. On Friday, rescuers carried injured villagers into ambulances and delivered food and water to others, said Xinhua.HAIL-wefornewsHeavy rain and the possibility of more hailstorms and tornadoes had further disrupted rescue works. Over 1,300 police officers had been mobilised to help, while tent and other emergency supplies were being sent from Beijing.

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Quake jolts Himachal

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

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Shimla, June 23 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh was again jolted by a low intensity earthquake on Saturday, the third within a fortnight, an official said. There were, however, no reports of damage.

The earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale was recorded at 2.37 a.m., the meteorological office told IANS.

The epicentre of the quake was Chamba region, bordering Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier, the epicentres of the quakes were Shimla and Chamba regions and occurred on June 17 and June 14, respectively.

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Tourists raise over $11,000 for Guatemala volcano victims

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Guatemala City, June 16: Tourists from a Japanese cruise ship that docked in Guatemala this week have raised more than $11,000 for those affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano in the Central American country.

The ship, Asuka II, arrived in Puerto Quetzal on the country’s Pacific coast on June 11 and at the initiative of the crew and the passengers, the funds were raised, reports Efe news.

The passengers and crew made a gesture of “fraternity and solidarity” with the people of Guatemala in the face of the tragedy and natural disaster caused by the eruption of the volcano, the Japanese embassy here said in a statement on Friday.

The Fuego volcano suffered its biggest eruption in recent years on June 3, leaving 110 dead and almost 200 missing, in addition to causing significant material damage.

On Friday, the volcano produced seven explosions per hour and small pyroclastic flows.

Guatemala’s National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology said that the volcano, located some 50 km west of the capital, has been producing between five and seven moderate explosions per hour and has belched out ash clouds rising 4,700 metres into the air.

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Himachal Pradesh: Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 strikes Chamba

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New Delhi, June 14: An earthquake of magnitude 4.5 on the Richter Scale hit Himachal Pradesh on Thursday. The quake was reported at Chamba region.

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