Deaths Reported As Tornado Razes Czech Homes
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Fri 25th June 2021 | 09:20 AM
Prague, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jun, 2021 ) :An unknown number of people died and dozens were injured after a tornado razed houses to the ground in the Czech Republic's southeast on Thursday, rescuers said.
"Unfortunately we can confirm there have been victims, but I can't tell you the exact number," local emergency services spokeswoman Hedvika Kropackova told AFP.
She said the death toll would be in the "single digits" rather than in the dozens, but added that any estimates were premature as people were still trapped under debris.
"The first estimates of the injured mentioned 100-150 people, but as things stand we now expect dozens," Kropackova added.
Interior Minister Jan Hamacek tweeted that "all available rescue units are in action or moving to the Hodonin region, where several municipalities have been hit by a tornado." Austrian and Slovak rescuers were helping out and the Czech army was deployed.
The tornado and hail the size of tennis balls struck several towns and villages including Hodonin, where in addition to causing injuries the extreme weather destroyed a retirement home and the local zoo.
"It's living hell," regional governor Jan Grolich said after visiting the region.
The Czech news agency CTK quoted the mayor of Hrusky as saying that half of his village had been razed to the ground.