This aerial photo shows the site of the mud slide in Weiziping Village of Luanzhen Township on the outskirts of Chang'an District, Xi'an of northwest China's Shaanxi Province 12 August 2023. EFE-EPA/XINHUA/Zou Jingyi CHINA OUT/UK AND IRELAND OUT/MANDATORY CREDIT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Tornado kills 2 in east China; Xi’an mudslide death toll climbs to 21

Beijing, Aug 14 (EFE).- The passage of a tornado through some towns in the eastern Chinese city of Yancheng left two dead people and 15 injured, state-run newspaper Global Times reported Monday.

The tornado occurred around 4:15 pm on Sunday in some towns in the Dafeng district of Yancheng due to the influence of strong convective weather, the newspaper said.

Experts classified the tornado as EF2 level (medium intensity), state broadcaster CCTV reported.

An EF2 level tornado can tear off the roofs of wooden houses and damage their interiors as well as uproot trees.

According to Global Times, some weak structures such as barns and sheds were completely destroyed and some cars lifted off the ground.

All those injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment and none of them are serious.

A total of 283 houses and 32 greenhouses were damaged and an unknown number of people have been relocated due to the typhoon.

Meanwhile the death toll of a mudslide in a district of Xi’an city in northwest China’s Shaanxi province climbed to 21 with six people missing, official news agency Xinhua reported late Sunday, citing the latest report by the authorities.

The landslide occurred on Friday night in Weiziping village in Chang’an district shortly after heavy rains and floods in the province.

The authorities had earlier reported the death of four people with 14 missing.

Fourteen rescue groups, involving almost 1,000 people, are continuing to search for those missing.

So far, 186 residents have been relocated and damaged roads and infrastructure have been repaired to restore power and telecommunications in the affected area.

Other cities, including Nanning in the south, and Jilin in the northeast, also recorded heavy rainfall over the weekend.

Typhoon Doksuri, which swept across China from south to north in the last few days, also caused over 30 deaths in Beijing and at least 29 in the surrounding Hebei after triggering the heaviest rainfall to be recorded in the capital in 140 years.

In 2021 and 2022, summers in central China were marked by heavy rains not seen in decades, which resulted in more than 300 deaths, even as a persistent drought affected the southern parts of the country. EFE