At least five people succumbed and more than a hundred were wounded when a tornado and hailstones the size of tennis balls smash the Czech Republic southeast on Thursday night.
Record footage from the province on social media revealed skyscrapers demolished to the floor, tipped-over vehicles and buses, shorn tree stubs, and various flames with thick black fumes.
“It’s a living hell,” said the South Moravia provincial governor, Jan Grolich, on Thursday after touring the neighborhood.
The Czech Republic news medium CTK cited the mayor of Hrušky as saying that half of his town had been destroyed. The hailstorm also resulted in destruction worth millions of euros to a baroque palace in the close town of Valtice, which is a portion of the Unesco-listed Lednice-Valtice cultural topography.
“With some of the buildings I can’t visualize them being rebuilt,” a rescue coordinator, Josef Koláček, told Seznam Zprávy newspaper. “Some of them will have to be refurbished from scratch.”
An emergency services agent told broadcaster ČT she estimated the number of injured people to be “between 100 and 150, comprising kids and seniors”. An infirmary in the city of Hodonín, on the Czech-Slovak border, said it had treated up to 200 wounded people.
The interior minister, Jan Hamáček, said “all accessible rescue departments are in effort or moving to the Hodonín province, where various communities have been whacked by a tornado”.
Austrian and Slovak rescuers were helping out and the Czech army was also deployed.
The tornado and huge hailstones smashed many cities and towns including Hodonín, wherein expansion resulted in damages, the drastic climate eradicated a retirement residence, and the regional zoo.
Plummeted power cables led to the closure of a central motorway connecting Prague with the Slovak capital, Bratislava, and left about 75,000 people across the country without power.
The hurricanes compelled the Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, to stay in Brussels after an EU conference because a landing in Prague would have been too hazardous.
In neighboring Poland, a twister blew the southern Małopolska region on Thursday, scarring canopies and wounding one person, according to regional media.