Extreme weather kills 11, injures 66 in eastern China

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people drive past fallen trees along a road in Nantong in eastern China's Jiangsu Province, Saturday, May 1, 2021. Several people were killed and more than 100 injured after an extreme thunderstorm in an eastern Chinese city, with strong winds causing buildings and trees to collapse. (Song Chenglin/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING - An extreme thunderstorm hit an eastern Chinese city, leaving 11 dead and 66 injured, with strong winds causing buildings and trees to collapse, officials said.

Nantong city, located in the eastern province of Jiangsu, was among the hardest-hit when the extreme weather swept the Yangtze Delta on Friday night, according to state-affiliated newspaper Global Times.

Rescuers evacuated 3,050 people, a local government notice said.

Wind speeds of 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour overturned a fishing ship. Two sailors were rescued and search operations were underway for the nine remaining crew, the notice said.

Electricity has been restored in Nantong, and collapsed trees, damaged vehicles as well as windows that have been blown away were being cleared.

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