It could be the most powerful tornado recorded in the modern era of Central Europe. Swirling winds razed homes in several towns in the southeast of the Czech Republic on Thursday, June 24, injuring at least a hundred people and killing people, according to emergency services and police. “We can unfortunately confirm that there were victims, but are not able to communicate their exact number”, told the France-press agency (AFP) Hedvika Kropackova, spokesperson for the local emergency services.
She added that any estimate was premature for the time being because people were still trapped under debris, however declaring that the death toll should not exceed ten. “The first estimates indicate that between 100 and 150 people were injured”, said Ms Kropackova. Hodonin hospital for its part claimed to have taken care of nearly 200 injured people.
Slovak and Austrian help as reinforcements
“All available aid is mobilized or on its way to the Hodonin region where several towns have been hit by the tornado”Interior Minister Jan Hamacek wrote on Twitter. The government is also considering mobilizing the military if necessary, he said. Austrian and Slovak rescue services were expected to lend a hand to their Czech counterparts, according to the latter.
In Hodonin, a town on the border with Slovakia, a retirement home suffered damage. The Czech news agency quoted the mayor of Hrusky as saying that half of this village had been razed by the tornado. Dozens of injured were admitted to Hodonin hospital after the tornado hit a bus, according to the same source.
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On videos circulating on social networks, we could see destroyed buildings, torn trees, as well as fires. Damage which can be explained by the power of the phenomenon: the tornado could have reached levels F3-F4, said a meteorologist, with winds that can reach between 267 km / h and 322 km / h.