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Three people die and hundreds injured in rare tornado in Czech Republic

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis said it was a “huge tragedy”.

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A RARE TORNADO has torn through southeastern Czech Republic, killing at least three people and injuring hundreds, authorities said.

The tornado was formed late yesterday afternoon during a series of strong thunderstorms that hit the entire country.

Seven towns and villages have been badly damaged, with entire buildings turned into ruins and cars overturned. Over 120,000 households were without electricity.

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. 

“It’s a huge tragedy,” Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Babis was in Brussels to attend an EU summit and is planning to visit the damage-hit region today.

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Marek Babisz, deputy mayor of Hrusky, told Czech public radio half of his town was almost completely destroyed.

He said: “The church is without the tower, the elementary school has no roof and insulation any more, only walls remained from what were houses. There’re injured, it’s really terrible.”

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