Two tornadoes left at least 12 dead and more than 400 injured after passing through central and eastern China, local authorities said on Saturday.
Strong winds swept through the metropolis of Wuhan, located in the center of the country and a time the cradle of the coronavirus pandemic, on Friday evening.
They left eight dead and 280 injured, authorities in Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, told a press conference. A previous report reported six deaths.
Winds up to 260 km / h
The winds blew up to 260 km / h and caused extensive damage, authorities said.
Gusts such as two construction cranes were damaged, with one collapsing on a construction site. In addition to vehicles damaged by falling objects, trees were uprooted, sheet metal sheds partly destroyed and electricity poles grounded, depriving more than 26,000 homes of electricity. Nearly thirty homes collapsed, according to the Hubei authorities.
The city of Suzhou, near Shanghai, was also struck by a powerful tornado on Friday evening with winds exceeding 200 km / h, according to local authorities.
A report shows four dead and one missing, as well as 130 minor injuries.
Images posted on social networks showed a black vortex causing significant damage in its path. At the beginning of May already, a violent storm accompanied by strong winds had killed 11 people in a city near Shanghai.
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