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. 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.Meanwhile, 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.Heavy 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.