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Central government allocates fund for tornado relief in Jiangsu

Updated: Jun 26,2016 9:47 AM     Xinhua

Villagers clear off debris in Danping Village of Chenliang Township in Funing county of Yancheng city, East China’s Jiangsu province, June 25, 2016. Rain, hail and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng City on the afternoon of June 23, destroying buildings, trees, vehicles and electricity poles. At least 98 people have died and 846 were injured.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — China’s central government has appropriated a budget of 160 million yuan ($24.2 million) to cover disaster relief work in a city in East China’s Jiangsu province, which was hit by tornado on June 23.

Heavy rain, hailstorms and a tornado battered parts of Yancheng city in Jiangsu on June 23, leaving 98 people dead and 846 injured.

The budget will cover relocation and resettlement, living support, housing reconstruction and agriculture-related costs.

More than 8,600 houses, two elementary schools and eight factories were damaged as gales of over 100 km per hour battered several outer townships in Funing and Sheyang counties.

The Ministry of Finance said it was closely following weather developments across the country and would release more relief funds when, and if, needed.