Last Updated: Monday, June 27, 2016

Jiangsu, China Tornado 2016: At least 99 dead, 846 injured

Tornado damage in Jiangsu, China
Tornado damage in China's Jiangsu Province (Xinhua/Cai Yang)
A violent tornado in Jiangsu province of China has claimed lives of at least 99 people and injured 846 others.

The China Meteorological Administration ranked the tornado as an EF4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale with maximum sustained winds greater than 266 km/h which hit along the outskirts of Yancheng around 2:30 p.m. local time on June 23, 2016. EF-4 is the second strongest rating for tornadoes.

At least 1,591 homeless victims are staying in temporary shelters in two counties, Xinhua News Agency mentioned quoting the city government.

Xinhua described it as one of the worst disasters ever to hit Jiangsu, including the worst tornado to hit China in half a century.