A China tornado has hit Jiangsu, the eastern province of the nation, on Thursday afternoon. It killed almost 78 people and injured around 500, according to the figures unveiled by the state media.

The “rare” tornado has also destroyed buildings, hampered the greenery and flipped several vehicles on the roofs. Jiangsu’s city Yancheng, which is around 800 kilometers from Beijing, is a vastly populated area consisting of farms and factories. Among the 500 people injured in the incident, 200 were critical. The Xinhua News Agency reported that the damage done to the trees have prompted the roadblock and poor power lines the city.

The China tornado was accompanied by torrential rain. According to Stuff New Zealand, the event has been declared a national emergency. Chinese President Xi Jinping, on his way to Uzbekistan, has asked the central government authorities to provide “all-out rescue efforts” for assistance in the areas. Following the natural calamity, Beijing began sending tents and required emergency supplies in the affected area.

A video has been derived that has captured the tornado scenario. In the video, the children are being carried on the back of mopeds. The flipping vehicles, destructed trees, and broken street light poles, etc. are also evident in the video. “It was like the end of the world,” local resident Xie Litian said as quoted by the BBC.

“I heard the gales and ran upstairs to shut the windows. I had hardly reached the top of the stairs when I heard a boom and saw the entire wall with the windows on it torn away.”

The Jiangsu rescue services have not provided any details on casualties. However, the authorities stated that the storm hit the region along with hail. The crews worked hard in evacuating houses likely to remain unsafe for the victim. They secured workers, kept chemicals and other dangerous items safely at Yancheng’s Funing suburbs’ solar panel factory. The reports have not revealed any accident because of the leaking of any dangerous chemical during the China tornado.

It has not been even a week since the south China had been affected by floods, which killed around 22 people.