11 killed after extreme weather hits east China


Eleven people were killed and dozens injured after strong gales struck east China’s Jiangsu Province, the provincial authorities said on 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, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Local authorities are organising the relief efforts.