We were out and about in the rain all of yesterday and had no idea a “mega thunderstorm” was brewing out there in another part of town and people were getting killed in it. According to Xinhua, this was a “once-in-a-century thunderstorm”:
A migrant worker was crushed to death and 14 were injured after a thunderstorm hit part of Shanghai on Saturday afternoon, municipal flood authorities said.
The storm hit the eastern Chinese city’s Pudong and Nanhui districts from around 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with precipitation of up to132 mm, the Shanghai Municipal Flood Control Headquarters said.
A strong wind accompanied the storm.
A 47-year-old male migrant worker died after a two-storey workshop building at a steel factory in Heqing Town collapsed. Another person was injured.
Elsewhere, nine persons were injured at two construction sites. Four others were injured when a 100-square-meter market building fell.
The headquarters said all the injured had been sent to hospital for treatment and there was no danger to life.
The “once-in-a century thunderstorm” also flooded some road sections and more than 60 households, it said.
Other news of unnatural deaths over the weekend:
- 37 miners died from gas inhalation in a coal mine in Henan province early this morning. At the time of the gas outburst, 108 miners were underground. 64 of them managed to escape and seven were rescued later.
- Meanwhile, the death toll from the fire that broke out at another coal mine in Hegang city, Heilongjiang province earlier this week has risen to 19.
- A fire and subsequent stampede at a nightclub in Shenzhen has left 44 people dead and 88 injured