At least 12 dead as tornadoes cross two Chinese provinces

At least 12 dead as tornadoes cross two Chinese provinces

SHANGHAI – Two tornadoes ravaged the central city of Wuhan and a city in eastern Jiangsu Province, killing at least 12 people and injuring hundreds while destroying homes and property, the state-run Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

Eight people were reportedly killed in Wuhan, Hubei province, with 280 injured after Friday’s tornado ravaged Caidian district at 8:39 p.m. local time, the agency said.

The tornado toppled 27 homes and damaged 130 others, as well as two tower cranes and row after row of sheds at construction sites, he added.

“I grew up in Wuhan and have never seen anything like it,” a resident of the city said on the Chinese app Weibo. “There have been so many extreme times recently.”

Another tornado hit the tornado-prone town of Shengze in the Suzhou region of Jiangsu Province, killing four people and injuring 149, Xinhua said.

Fire officials said the winds damaged electrical installations and toppled several buildings at the plant.

Tornadoes often strike Jiangsu in late spring and early summer.

The Chinese Shanghai Mall, about 100 km from Suzhou, was also hit by powerful thunderstorms, prompting weather officials to declare an alert.

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More severe storms were expected in Shanghai and other parts of the Yangtze River Delta region later on Saturday, the state weather forecaster said.

China is facing more extreme weather conditions due to climate change, Jia Xiaolong, an official for the forecaster, told reporters in late April, adding that the risk of disasters such as heat waves and floods is expected to increase in the regions. years to come.