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7 Dead After Storms Hit China

Wed 03 Apr 2024 | 12:56 PM
Israa Farhan

A series of violent rain and hailstorms wreaked havoc in Jiangxi province, eastern China, claiming the lives of seven individuals this week.

Among the casualties were three individuals who tragically fell from their high-rise apartments during the turbulent weather.

According to state broadcaster CCTV, the storms, which commenced on Sunday, caused extensive damage to dozens of homes, compelling the relocation of over 800 residents, as reported by an emergency agency of the Jiangxi government.

The provincial capital, Nanchang, bore the brunt of the devastation, with four fatalities reported on Sunday. Details regarding the circumstances of the other three fatalities remain unclear.

However, a subsequent storm on Tuesday resulted in individuals being trapped in a collapsed house in Nanchang, leading to eleven hospitalizations, as per earlier CCTV coverage.

The initial storm shattered floor-to-ceiling windows in a Nanchang apartment complex, resulting in the tragic deaths of three individuals in the early hours.

Reports from Chinese media outlets indicate that a grandmother and her 11-year-old grandson, along with a 60-year-old woman, fell to their demise from the 20th and 11th floors, respectively.

Authorities are currently probing the circumstances surrounding the fatal falls. 

Media accounts speculate that the victims may have been propelled by exceptionally strong winds.

A resident residing on the 20th floor recounted to online outlet Jimu News the harrowing experience of clinging to safety amidst the ferocious winds, revealing that fear kept them awake throughout the night.