Tornado kills 5 people and causes widespread damage in Guangzhou, China | Weather News

Tornadoes tore through cities in southern China over the weekend, devastating several communities.

People are cleaning up in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou after a tornado killed at least five people and injured dozens over the weekend.

A tornado struck several communities in Guangzhou’s Baiyun district during thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon, and aerial photos published by state media showed the scale of the damage.

Images show block after block of destruction in the worst-hit areas, with several buildings clustered in the destruction, overturned trucks and cars crushed by rubble. The sheet metal roofs of some buildings were peeling off.

The tornado occurred during a major storm that brought strong winds and hail. [Douyin@Antique via AP Photo]

The extreme weather is the latest to hit China’s industrial heartland, after last week’s torrential rains caused severe flooding and killed four people in China’s most populous Guangdong province. Ta. The region has a population of 127 million and thousands of factories that support the country’s export sector.

At least 33 people were injured and about 141 factories were damaged in Saturday’s tornado, Xinhua news agency said.

Such weather systems are not uncommon in China.

In September, a tornado struck the city of Suqian in eastern Jiangsu province, killing 10 people.

In 2021, two tornadoes hit the country in one day, killing 12 people, including eight in the central city of Wuhan.

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