At least 7 dead as 2 tornadoes strike China

At least 7 dead as 2 tornadoes strike China

At least 7 dead as 2 tornadoes strike China

Two tornadoes have killed at least seven people in China and left more than 200 others injured. China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported that the tornado hit Wuhan at about 8:40 p.m. It toppled construction site sheds and snapped several trees, Xinhua said, citing a local government.

About 90 minutes earlier, another tornado struck the town of Shengze about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east in Jiangsu province, Xinhua reported. The Suzhou city government, which oversees the town, said that one person was killed and 21 injured, two seriously.

Violent winds of more than 100 kilometres per hour (60 miles per hour) blasted the central city of Wuhan on Friday night. Six people died and more than 200 were injured, authorities said, adding that around 30 homes had collapsed. Six people died and more than 200 were injured, authorities said, adding that around 30 homes had collapsed. 

Vehicles were crushed by falling objects, trees uprooted, buildings partially destroyed and electricity pylons felled, leaving more than 26,000 homes without power.

The country’s commercial hub of Shanghai, nearly 100 kilometers from Shengze, was also hit by powerful thunderstorms, prompting weather officials to issue an alert.