Hurricane force winds and a tornado left at least 98 dead in China

Airing date: June 24, 2016
Channel: AFP Agence France-Presse
Contribution: Camera, Production

As described on National Public Radio:

A powerful tornado, hailstorms and heavy rain hit eastern China’s Jiangsu province Thursday, killing at least 78 people, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The news service adds that “nearly 500 people were injured, 200 critically.”

The severe weather slammed Yancheng City starting at about 2:30 p.m., “destroying homes and trapping hundreds of villagers in the rubble,” Xinhua says. It adds that the death toll is likely to rise as search and rescue operations continue.