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3 dead, hundreds injured by rare tornado in Czech Republic

by Mary Sewell

PRAGUE — A rare tornado tore through the southeastern Czech Republic, killing at least three people and injuring hundreds, rescue services said on Friday. The tornado formed late Thursday as strong thunderstorms hit the entire country. Seven towns and villages have been badly damaged, with whole buildings turned into ruins and cars overturned. Over 120,000 households were without electricity. Some 360 extra police officers were sent to the area, together with the military. The rescuers from many parts of the country who came to help were joined by their counterparts from nearby Austria and Slovakia.

They were using drones and helicopters to search the rubble.

The regional rescue service said at least three people have died. It’s an immense tragedy,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said. Babis was in Brussels to attend an EU summit and planned to visit the damage-hit region on Friday. Marek Babicz, deputy mayor of Husky, told Czech, public radio half of his town was almost completely destroyed. The church is without the tower; the elementary school has no roof and insulation anymore, only walls remain from houses. There’re injured; it’s really terrible.

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