China: Strongest ever recorded Tornado to strike Dongguan City in Guangdong Province, leaves 9 dead, 272 injured – 210313 0940z

Eight people died and 136 others were injured (figures updated to 9 dead, 272 injured) after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province, local authorities said Wednesday.

Two of the injured sustained serious injuries, according to the Dongguan municipal government.

Thunderstorm and hail battered the city on Wednesday afternoon, along with gales and torrential rains.

Three townships were badly hit by heavy rains and strong winds, it said. The government has sent a work team to disaster-hit areas for investigation and disaster-relief work.

Thursday, 21 March, 2013 at 04:42 (04:42 AM) UTC RSOE

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S. China storm kills 9, injures 272

2013-03-20 23:46:54 GMT2013-03-21 07:46:54(Beijing Time) Xinhua English
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)
Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China's Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)Eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City in south China’s Guangdong Province. (Photo/Agencies)

A rare storm has left nine people dead and 272 injured in south China’s Guangdong Province, local government said on Thursday.

The thunderstorm and hail hit Dongguan City on Wednesday afternoon, with winds of up to 176.8 km per hour and maximum precipitation of 40.6 mm, said Deng Haoquan, a spokesman for the Dongguan city government.

This was the strongest tornado to hit Dongguan since its meteorological records began, according to Deng.

As of 10 a.m. on Thursday, the storm had resulted in nine deaths and 158 hospitalizations, 11 of those in a critical condition.

The property losses are also being counted.

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