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Tornado hits Anhui; 16 die

A TORNADO killed 16 people and injured 162 as it swept through Wuwei County in Anhui Province on Tuesday night.

The provincial office of disaster relief said the tornado struck several towns at 11:10 pm on Tuesday and 2 am yesterday. Fifty-seven people are still being treated in hospitals yesterday. The storm affected 23,681 people, destroyed 715 houses and caused estimated direct economic losses of 24 million yuan (US$2.9 million). Some 1,786 people have been transferred to safe places, and rescue teams, medical staff and relief materials have arrived at the affected areas.


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