Hailstorms wreck havoc in south China

KUNMING/NANNING — Storms and hail in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have killed four people and injured 26 others, local authorities said Wednesday.

Central, northern and western parts of the province saw downpours, thunderstorms and gales from Saturday to Tuesday, with more than 120,000 people affected, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

The bad weather also inflicted damage on crops and houses, according to the department.

A hailstorm also battered south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region over the past few days.

Hailstorm hit 20 counties in Guangxi, leaving two people killed, three others missing and a total of 110,000 people affected since Sunday.

The two people were killed by fallen trees and three others were missing after they had fallen into the river, according to the regional civil affairs department.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 6,473 people in the region have been relocated to safe places, 5,010 hectares of crops were damaged, and 74 homes collapsed, resulting in a direct economic loss of 86.69 million yuan(USD13.4 million). PNA/Xinhua/northboundasia.com