12 killed in China hailstorm

2011-04-17 22:51

Beijing - State media said that at least 12 people were killed and 27 injured as hailstones, lashing rain and gales pounded southern China's Guangdong province on Sunday.

The storms, which hit several cities,  including Guangzhou, Foshan, Dongguan and Zhongshan, caused about $7.5m in direct economic losses, the ministry of civil affairs said.

The Guangdong provincial government has dispatched a team to the disaster-affected areas to direct relief work, the report said.

The local government has initiated emergency plans to rush the injured to hospital, provide aid to the elderly and inspect buildings.

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