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Death toll rises to 7 in NE China tornado

2010-05-16 07:31:11 GMT2010-05-16 15:31:11 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

HARBIN, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were killed, 98 injured after a tornado and hailstorm struck northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Saturday, a local official source said Sunday.

A total of 3,684 people were evacuated after 28 townships of Suihua City, about 120 km from the provincial capital Harbin, were hit by the violent weather around 3 p.m. Saturday, Suihua's emergency response office said in a statement.

The twister tore through eight townships of Hailun city under the jurisdiction of Suihua, killing one person. Minqiang Village of Gongrong township was hit the hardest, with the roofs of every house uplifted.

Five people of Suihua city's Beilin District and one from Suihua's Lanxi County were also killed, it said. [ Two hundred quilts and more than 500 kg of bread were sent to the affected Beilin District. Rescue work is still underway.

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