Recovery efforts are ongoing in the city of Kaiyuan (Liaoning province) as of Thursday, July 4, after a rare tornado moved through the region. The tornado hit the city at approximately 17:15 (local time) on Wednesday, July 3, causing significant material damages and killing at least six people. Another 190 people suffered injuries and emergency personnel rescued at least 210 residents from damaged buildings. Power outages were reported in the area and search and rescue activities are underway. Government officials are still assessing damages in the city and localized commercial and transportation disruptions are anticipated in the coming days.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor developments to the situation, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and take appropriate precautions in the event of severe weather or tornadoes.
The safest place to be in a building in the event of a tornado is in the basement or on the ground floor, or in an interior hallway or stairwell. Avoid doors and windows. If a tornado is approaching, crouch face down as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands.
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