Tornado rips through eastern Japan, injures dozens
nzherald -- Sep 03
A tornado ripped through parts of eastern Japan, injuring several dozen people, tearing off roofs and uprooting buildings.

Footage of Koshigaya city, north of Tokyo, from public broadcaster NHK showed a number of homes destroyed, upturned cars, and schools with shattered windows.

A warehouse had been lifted from its foundations and hurled into other buildings.

A total of 63 people were injured and about 110 houses were totally destroyed or partly damaged in Koshigaya and surrounding areas, a spokesman for the Saitama regional police said.

One of the injured was in serious condition with a fractured skull.

An AFP journalist in the city saw roof tiles scattered all over the streets, with locals outside inspecting their battered homes and emergency vehicles at the scene.

Residents were being prevented from re-entering their houses for fear of collapse.

Some electricity poles had been snapped and a number of them had hit houses as they fell, worsening the damage.

Jiji Press agency said seven female students from a local middle school's volleyball and badminton teams were injured when a section of the gymnasium's roof flew off and glass windows were shattered.

3日も突風に十分な注意が必要です。埼玉県などで発生した竜巻とみられる突風による被­害は住宅608棟などに及び、64人が重軽傷を負いました。一夜が明けた現地では、が­れきの撤去作業などが行われています。

Sources: nzherald, ANNnewsCH
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