Friday, 24 June 2016

100 dead 500 people injured, 200 of them critically after massive tornado hits Yancheng Province of Jiangsu China


Photo www.rt.com
Nearly 500 of people were injured, 200 of them critically, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Roads were blocked with trees, downed power lines and other debris, while heavy rain and the possibility of further hailstorms and even more tornados was complicating rescue efforts, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
The disaster has been declared a national-level emergency.
The storm struck at around 2:30 p.m. local time Thursday, the Associated Press said.
Satellite imagery reveals vigorous thunderstorm activity developed in this region Thursday.
Clouds bubbled up to extreme altitudes, signifying intense updrafts common in the most violent storms.
"The skies turned dark, and we thought the summer torrential rain was about to begin," said a resident of Yancheng, according to a live blog published by Sina, a Chinese Web portal (via the New York Times).


Photo www.wunderground.com
"We ran to our house.
Suddenly, the roof was blown apart, bricks were falling and the house collapsed."
The thunderstorm activity responsible for the twister developed along a feature known as the mei-yu (or baiu) front.
Weather Underground meteorologist Bob Henson explains how this front tends to serve as a focal point for severe weather:
This semi-permanent feature extends from eastern China across Taiwan into the Pacific south of Japan, associated with the southwest monsoon that pushes northward each spring and summer.
The AMS Glossary notes:
"The mei-yu/baiu front is very significant in the weather and climate of southeast Asia as it serves as the focus for persistent heavy convective rainfall associated with mesoscale convective complexes (MCCs) or mesoscale convective systems (MCSs) that propagate eastward."
A number of studies have found that the Mei-yu rainfall tends to be particularly heavy in the summer following an El Nino event.

Ministry of Civil Affairs and National Commission for Disaster Reduction have allocated relief goods to the tornado-hit areas.
They include one thousand tents, two thousand camp beds and lighting equipment.
A State Council working panel has arrived in Yancheng city.
As of Thursday night, over 50 ambulances have taken part in transfering the injured.
Local hospitals are running on full capacity to take care of the wounded.
Medical experts from other provinces have been sent to Yancheng city to assist.




Home Page

Related





At least 79 dead as lightning strikes the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh

If the heat doesn't kill you the rain will: 40 people killed in heavy rains across Uttar Pradesh, India

Mag 7. Quake in April responsible for landslides as devastating floods hit Japan killing 3

20 dead more than 250,000 evacuated and 325,000 hectares of crops damaged as more floods hit China

A months rain in a couple of hours kills 3 and thousands of livestock in Niger: The latest West African country to be devasted by floods

"I never seen rain like this before": Zero visibility in State of Michigan from terrifying micro storm

Heat records shattered as fierce hot spell in the San Diego area hits 118F (48C)

Death toll from flash floods and landslides in Indonesia reaches 46 with dozens still missing

Phoenix-bound flight forced to return to Houston because of 120F (49C) deadly heat: 50 year old heat record shattered!

A months rain in one hour: Australia's East coast under water again after torrential rains

24 dead and 26 missing as torrential rains damage thousands of homes in Indonesia

Almost 50C (120F) is just plain dangerous! Phoenix issues excessive heat warning

Beautiful Roll Cloud Rises Over Lake Michigan

Snow storm hits Hawaii just days before official summer time begins!

Heat Emergency Plan imposed as Houston heat hits 108F (42C)

India burning! Unbearable heat due to the 90% humidity factor as temperatures hit 43.2 degrees Celsius (110F)

"Their Sky Has Changed!" Inuit elders sharing information with NASA regarding Earth's "WOBBLE"

Nuuk warmer than New York as Greenland records it's warmest temperature in June ever!