Tornado Kills at Least One in Eastern China as Country Faces High Temperatures

Tornado Kills at Least One in Eastern China as Country Faces High Temperatures
A tree torn from its roots is seen near a damaged building, in the aftermath of a tornado in Guanyun county in eastern China's Jiangsu province, Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Chinatopix Via AP)

BEIJING—A tornado blew through 11 villages in a farming region of eastern China, damaging homes, killing at least one person and injuring 25 others, while swaths of the country face extreme heat.

The homes and property of more than 2,000 people were damaged when the twister struck Wednesday in Jiangsu province south of Beijing.

Total damage was estimated at around 65 million yuan ($9.6 million), the newspaper Global Times reported, citing local media.

Tornadoes are relatively rare in China, although 12 people were killed and more than 300 injured in Jiangsu and the central city of Wuhan by tornadoes last year. China’s most violent tornado in recent decades killed 98 and injured more than 800 in Jiangsu in 2016.

The actual number of casualties from such events may be much higher. The actual number of casualties is difficult to verify, as the Chinese regime routinely suppresses or alters information.

As with much of the northern hemisphere, parts of China have seen record-high temperatures this summer and unusually heavy rainfall is exacerbating seasonal flooding.

Temperatures as high as 43 Celsius (109 Fahrenheit) were forecast until the end of the month for a broad swath of China, from the far northwestern Xinjiang region bordering on Central Asia to the central cities of Changsha and Nanchang and the metropolis of Fuzhou on the southeast coast opposite Taiwan.

No figures have been released on heat-related deaths.

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