By Olivia Lambert· News Editor

Eleven people have tragically died and more than 100 are injured after extreme weather wreaked havoc in a Chinese city near Shanghai.

Extreme weather kills 11 in east China’s Nantong

State-media publication the People’s Daily reports eleven were killed as the strong winds and thunderstorms battered Nantong City in the eastern Jiangsu province, with hail reportedly measuring up to 2 inches in diameter.

Terrifying video shared to Chinese social media shows debris ripped from buildings swirling around busy streets as vehicles struggle to navigate through the conditions.

The casualties were a result of fallen trees, collapsed homes and broken telephone poles. People were even blown into the Yangtze river, the Global Times reported.

One viral video shows the gale-force winds forcing a plane to turn in circles on a tarmac at the Nantong Xingdong International Airport.

Strong gales strike China’s Nantong city on Friday night. [Photo/Chinanews.com]

About 3000 people are believed to have been affected by the extreme weather, with People’s Daily reporting they have been urgently transferred and resettled as electrical facilities were damaged and homes destroyed.

“I’ve never seen hail like that in my life,” one local wrote on Weibo.

“I was absolutely terrified during the storm,” another said.

Shanghai Daily reports nine people have been reported missing following the storms.

Wind gusts were reportedly between 120km/h and 160km/h during the storm’s peak, and caused devastating destruction during the four-hour event.

People’s Daily reports properties were too lost in the storm and rescue and disaster relief was being organised in the wake of the storm on April 30. 

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