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A powerful hurricane has killed at least three people and injured dozens in the Czech Republic

It may have been the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the modern era of Central Europe. Emergency services and police say strong winds in several cities in the southeastern Czech Republic on Thursday, June 24, destroyed homes, killing at least three people and injuring dozens.

In the videos circulating on social networks, you can see destroyed buildings, torn trees and fire. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 267 km / hr and 322 km / h, according to the Meteorological Agency quoting Agency France-Presse (AFP).

“Unfortunately we can confirm that there were victims, but could not contact their exact number.”Local emergency service spokeswoman Hedvika Krobakova told AFP.

Any estimate was currently in advance because people are still trapped under the rubble, however the death toll should not exceed ten. “First estimates show 100 to 150 injured”, Said Ms.Me Krobakova. Hodon City Hospital said it was caring for nearly 200 of the injured.

Serves as Slovak and Austrian reinforcements

The house that flew off the roof in the village of Moravskaya Nova Ves in the Czech Republic after the hurricane struck on June 24, 2021.

“All available aid is being mobilized or many cities are moving to the area of ​​Hodon affected by the hurricane.”Interior Minister John Hamasek wrote on Twitter. He said the government was also considering mobilizing the army if necessary. Austrian and Slovak rescue services were expected to lend to their Czech counterparts.

In the town of Hodon on the border with Slovakia, a retirement home was damaged. The Czech news agency quoted the mayor of Hrusky as saying that half of the village had been razed to the ground by the hurricane. According to the same source, dozens of people injured in the hurricane hit a bus have been admitted to Hodon Hospital.

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