Hailstorms Kill 12 In Southern China

BEIJING (March 23, 2013)--Hailstorms that pounded southern China this week killed 12 people, injured hundreds more and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported that nine people were killed in a hailstorm Wednesday in the city of Dongguan in southern Guangdong Province.

It said 272 others were injured in the storm, which caused economic losses of $57.5 million.

Three other people died in hailstorms that began Tuesday in neighboring Hunan Province, where 1,900 houses collapsed, according to Xinhua's report Saturday.

Southern China has been hammered by thunderstorms, hurricanes and hailstorms in the past few days and the country’s Meteorological Administration said the severe weather is expected to continue through the weekend.

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