A devastating tornado destroyed several villages in the southeast of the Czech Republic last night, leaving behind at least three dead, 200 injured and huge material damage.
Seven municipalities were found on the road to the tornado, and the province of South Moravia was hit the hardest, Reuters reports. A powerful storm tore roofs off houses and buildings, uprooted trees and turned cars.
The worst-affected areas look like a war zone in footage posted on social media by witnesses to this natural disaster.
Wind gusts also reached 322 kilometers when the tornado reached the fourth level, which is the strongest in the last few decades.
According to Deputy Mayor Marek Babis, half of the village of Hruški was razed to the ground by a tornado.
South Moravian Governor Jan Grolic said he convened the crisis headquarters late last night.
“This is hell,” he said after visiting the affected areas.
BREAKING: Tornado causes major damage in the Czech Republic pic.twitter.com/TdSm87Z4gG
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Rescue forces were mobilized from all parts of the country, and rescuers from Austria and Slovakia arrived to help. They use drones and helicopters to search the ruins.
– Trees and cars were flying through the air, and the houses were literally falling apart due to the force of the wind – said one of the members of the rescue service for the Czech media.
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Rescue service spokeswoman Hedvika Kropackova said that people were still trapped under the rubble, and ABC reports referring to the rescue service, as three victims have been confirmed so far, but it is feared that there will be more.
Hodonjin suffered the most, where a home for the elderly and a local zoo suffered huge damage.
The director of the hospital in that town, Antonin Tesarik, said that the situation looked like a battlefield and that 200 people were admitted to the hospital.
– It was apocalyptic. There was blood everywhere and helpless people in tears. They saved lives, but they lost the roof over their heads – he said.
The tornado caused a traffic collapse and left more than 100,000 homes without electricity.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Hamacek, declared a natural disaster and assessed that the situation in the affected areas is serious.
– This is a huge tragedy – said Prime Minister Andrej Babis, who was at the European summit in Brussels at the time of the tornado.
Experts estimate that the tornado was probably the strongest recorded in the modern history of the Czech Republic, and it was certainly the first tornado in the last few years.
Czech village DESTROYED by Tornado – Several Dead!
A massive tornado has ripped through the Czech Republic, wreaking a huge amount of devastation. Several people have been killed and dozens injured, according to local media. pic.twitter.com/akuJMvJgGo
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This kind of tornado is not as rare in Europe as it is thought – every year the continent records several hundred of them. The numbers vary, and some go unregistered because they hit sparsely populated rural areas.
A tornado has been registered on every continent in the world except Antarctica, and even there it is theoretically possible to happen. The United States is hit the hardest by tornadoes, averaging more than 1,000 a year.
The mountainous landscape and the proximity of the warm, humid Gulf of Mexico provide the perfect conditions for the creation of violent storms that result in tornadoes.
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