Tornado tears through Chinese city of Kaiyuan killing 6 and affecting 9,000

Posted at 9:32 PM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 01:09:12-04

At least 6 people died and 190 were injured after a tornado ripped through Kaiyuan, in northeastern China, on Wednesday, according to state media outlet Xinhua.

The tornado hit at around 5:15pm local time and tore through the city in just 15 minutes.

That was enough time to destroy about 250 acres of crops and damage more than 4,300 homes, shattering windows and bringing down walls, according to local authorities and state media.

On Thursday, more than 800 rescue workers were racing to find those trapped among the rubble, according to local authorities.

About 210 people have been rescued from damaged buildings and over 1,600 have been evacuated from the city, while 63 people were hospitalized, according to the local government.

Local authorities have set up four temporary shelters for those affected.

While China receives about 10 to 100 tornadoes a year, severe tornadoes are a rarity, according to CNN meteorologists. In 2017, a tornado hit Yunnan Province in southwestern China — the first time a tornado there had been documented in over 30 years.

One of the deadliest tornadoes in recent Chinese history hit Jiangsu Province in 2016, leaving at least 98 dead and 800 injured.