Powerful tornado strikes China; At least 98 reportedly dead



– June 23, 2016

At least 98 people died Thursday after a powerful tornado, hailstorms and heavy rain slammed into eastern China, turning buildings into rubble, crushing trees and leaving many homeless, according to various reports.

In addition to the dead, at least 500 people suffered injuries — 200 of them critical — the Xinhua news agency reported after the weather barreled through Yancheng City in China’s Jiangsu province on Thursday afternoon. Hundreds of villagers were trapped in rubble, according to Xinhua.