Tornado kills 6, injures 200 in China

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Beijing, July 4: At least six people were killed and another 190 injured after a powerful tornado passed through China’s Kaiyuan, media reported on Thursday.

With winds exceeding 82 kilometers per hour, the tornado reached Kaiyuan at 5.10 p.m. on Wednesday, swept through an industrial park and headed south of the city, where it faded after about 15 minutes, reported Efe news.

During that time, the tornado, which was accompanied by rain and hail, caused damage to housing blocks and factories and also affected power supply, which has not yet been fully restored.

Images broadcast by Chinese state CCTV showed overturned vehicles, numerous power poles torn from the ground and facades of shattered buildings after the tornado.

“The windows of our home were totally destroyed due to the tornado, but otherwise our house didn’t suffer much damage,” said a resident, adding that in case of the worst-affected family, “the tornado entered the house and tore off the bedroom doors.”

In addition to the damage caused in residential areas, at least a dozen factories were severely affected in the industrial park, including various heavy machinery, CCTV reported.

Authorities, which are taking stock of the damage caused by the tornado, said that 210 residents have been rescued and efforts are now focused on ensuring that power supply is resumed as soon as possible.

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