BEIJING -A severe thunderstorm targeted an eastern Chinese city, killing 11 people and injured 102 others. Strong winds caused buildings and trees to collapse. Gales have smashed power poles and dropped them into the water.
According to the state-affiliated newspaper Global Times, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, Nantong district was among the hardest hit when the Yangtze Delta was hit by severe weather on Friday night.
By 8 a.m. on Saturday, 13,688 people had been affected by the severe weather in many Jiangsu towns, resulting in a direct economic loss of over 16.4 million yuan. A total of 3,050 people has been rescued and moved to safer areas. Some of the province’s top politicians also rushed to the city to help with the relief efforts. A local government notice said.
On Saturday morning, Jiangsu Province Governor Wu Zhenglong visited the provincial emergency response center and reviewed the disaster relief work. Wind speeds in Nantong reached 45.4 meters per second, with hailstorms up to 3 centimeters in diameter in some areas.
A fishing ship was flipped by winds of 162 kilometers per hour (100 miles per hour). Another 11 people were onboard a capsized fishing boat. Two people were saved, but nine others are still missing.
Strong winds rip through the area, with massive debris from buildings strewn across the streets, according to footage posted on the Chinese social media site Weibo. A large passenger plane appears to be being spun around by the winds while parking on the city’s airport runway in another video.
Electricity has been restored, and debris such as fallen trees, destroyed cars, blown-away windows, and roof materials are being removed.
The severe weather also impacted neighboring cities in East China’s Zhejiang Province, including Shaoxing and Hangzhou. On Friday afternoon, the thunderstorm and hailstorm warnings reminded people to stay inside during the severe weather.