Tornado injures hundreds in Czech Republic

A tornado razed to the ground Thursday, June 24, houses in several cities in the southeast of the Czech Republic, injuring at least a hundred people, according to the emergency services and the police. “We estimate that between 100 and 150 people were injured, including children and the elderlyRescue service spokeswoman Michaela Bothova told Czech television.

Interior Minister Jan Hamacek warned that he expected there would be deaths to be deplored, stressing that searches were underway to try to locate people under the debris. “All available aid is mobilized or headed for the Hodonin region where several towns have been hit by the tornadoJan 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. On videos circulating on social networks we could see destroyed buildings, torn trees, as well as fires. 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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