Officials and state media announced Saturday that two tornadoes struck central and eastern China, killing at least ten people and injuring more than 300 others.
According to local government statements, six people died in the inland city of Wuhan and four others died in the town of Shengze, about 400 kilometers (250 miles) east in Jiangsu province.
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, a tornado struck Shengze about 7 p.m. Friday, toppling factory buildings and destroying electricity facilities. In a social media post, the Suzhou city government, which oversees the area, said four people had died and 149 others had minor injuries. On China's east coast, Shengze is close to Shanghai.
According to Xinhua, a tornado struck Wuhan at 8:40 p.m. with winds of 86 kilometers per hour, damaging more than two dozen homes and causing a power outage affecting 26,600 households. Six people were killed and 218 were wounded, according to the Wuhan government.
According to Xinhua, 27 homes in Wuhan have collapsed and another 130 have been destroyed. According to the news agency, construction site sheds and two cranes were also destroyed, and electricity was knocked out due to downed power lines.
Staff removing metallic debris at a factory in Shengze in the morning, and a crowd of rescuers digging through building debris in Wuhan after midnight Friday.
COVID-19 was first discovered in late 2019 in the city of Wuhan.