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11 killed after extreme weather hits East China

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-05-01 11:36

Strong gales strike China's Nantong city on Friday night. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

NANJING - Eleven people were killed and dozens injured after strong gales struck East China's Jiangsu province, the provincial authorities said Saturday.

Gales and hail swept parts of Jiangsu on Friday night, including Nantong, Huai'an, Yancheng, Taizhou and Suqian.

The disaster has left 11 people dead, 66 injured and 3,050 evacuated, according to the Jiangsu Provincial Emergency Management Department.

A fishing boat capsized due to the storm, and 11 crew members fell into the water. Two have been rescued and the search for nine others is underway.

Local authorities are organizing the relief efforts.

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