6 people killed, 28 600 affected after rare tornado hits Kaiyuan, economic loss over 145 million USD, China

6 people killed, 28 600 affected after rare tornado hits Kaiyuan, economic loss over 145 million USD, China

A destructive tornado hit the city of Kaiyuan, northeast China's Liaoning Province on July 3, 2019, killing 6 people and injuring 190.

The tornado packing winds up to 23 meters per second (82.8 km/h) struck the city at 17:15 (China Standard Time). It tore through an industrial park and moved towards the south. Its total time duration was 15 minutes. 

The tornado was accompanied by heavy rain and hailstones, wreaking havoc on apartments, factory buildings, and electricity poles.

It affected 28 600 people, killed at least 6 and injured 190. 63 of the injured have been discharged from the hospital while those who remain hospitalized are in stable condition, Xinhua reports.

Water supply and power have been restored in the affected regions.

Kaiyuan City issued a grade-II emergency response immediately after the incident occurred.

Experts at the Liaoning provincial weather bureau are studying the cause of the tornado, which is rare in the region.

Featured image credit: CGTN

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