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Hailstones and gales pound China's Guangdong province, killing 12

Hailstones and gales pound China's Guangdong province, killing 12. 44068.jpegAt least 12 people were killed and 27 injured as hailstones, lashing rain and gales pounded southern China's Guangdong province on Sunday, state media said.

The Guangdong provincial government has dispatched a team to the disaster-affected areas to direct relief work, according to Telegraph.co.uk.

Till late Sunday, the disaster affected over 500 hectares of farmland and caused about 50 million yuan ($7.65 million) in economic losses, the ministry of civil affairs said.

In the southwestern province of Guizhou, hailstorms affected the lives of over 270,000 people in 10 counties during the weekend and causing economic losses worth 75 million yuan, authorities said, Times of India reports.