Beijing, June 24: China again facing natural disaster, as now atleast 78 people died and more then 500 of people injured in east China’s Jingasu province. With torrential rain, the tornado struck the outskirts of the city of Yancheng. Counties on the city's outskirts saw winds of up to 125km/h (78 mph). President Xi Jinping had ordered for all-out rescue efforts.
Heavy rain and the possibility of more hailstorms and tornadoes had further complicated rescue efforts and rescuers are carrying injured villagers into ambulances and delivering food and water to others. More than 1,300 police officers had been mobilised to help, while tent and other emergency supplies were being sent from Beijing.
Many parts of China have been hit by torrential rains this week. According to sources floods in the south killed 22 people earlier this week and displaced nearly 200,000. The southern part of China is hit every year during the monsoon season, which runs from May to July.
But this year's rainy season has been particularly wet, with water levels in some major rivers exceeding those of 1998, when disastrous floods affected 180 million people, according to state media. Economic losses from the floods are estimated to be atleast around 2.7bn yuan ($410m).