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A severe thunderstorm in China has killed 11 people and wounded over 100 others by bringing down buildings and trees.

According to the state-affiliated newspaper Global Times, Nantong district, which is located near Shanghai in the eastern province of Jiangsu, was among the hardest hit when the Yangtze Delta was swept by severe weather on Friday night.

Strong winds gusting to 162 km/h battered the 8-million-strong city on the Yangtze River’s north bank, followed by hailstones the size of large marbles.

Local authorities said on social media site Weibo that those killed were killed by falling trees and electricity poles, or were swept into the water by the storm.

Rescuers evacuated 3,050 people, a local government notice said.

The devastating winds overturned a fishing ship and crushed parked cars. Two sailors were rescued and search operations were underway for the nine remaining crew.

In Nantong, power has been restored, and fallen trees, damaged cars, and blown-out windows are being cleared.

More than 13,000 people in Jiangsu were affected by the severe weather, according to China’s state television.

Source: ABC World News

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