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Violent storm hits China’s Jiangsu Province, claiming lives of 11 people and leaving 102 injured

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A violent storm swept through east China's Jiangsu Province late Friday, April 30, 2021, claiming the lives of at least 11 people and leaving more than 100 injured. 9 people were missing as of Saturday, May 1.

The worst affected were the cities of Nantong (population of 8 million), Huaian, Taizhou, and Suqian.

Extremely strong winds of up to 165 km/h (102 mph) swept through the region destroying homes and cars, and downing trees and powerlines. The storm was accompanied by hail with a diameter of up to 3 cm (1.2 inches).

By 20:00 LT on May 1, the extreme weather has affected 13 688 people in several cities in Jiangsu, causing a direct economic loss of over 16.4 million yuan (2.5 million USD).

At least 1 700 ha (4 200 acres) of crops were damaged as well as 6 000 homes.

According to local authorities, at least 11 people were killed and 102 injured — either thrown into the Yangtze River or hit by falling trees, electricity poles, or debris. 

Jiangsu party secretary Lou Qinjian said a fishing boat with 11 people on board capsized. Two of them were rescued, but 9 others remain missing.

More than 3 000 residents were evacuated.

The storm also affected nearby cities such as Shaoxing and Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.

China's meteorological agency warned residents more extreme weather is expected in the days ahead.

Featured image credit: CCTV (stillshot)

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