Tornado Kills Nine, Injures 272 in Southern China

الخميس 1434/5/9 هـ الموافق 2013/03/21 م واس

Beijing, Jumada I 09, 1434, March 21, 2013, SPA -- The strongest recorded tornado to hit a southern
Chinese city left at least nine people dead and 272 injured, 11 of
them in critical condition, reports said on Thursday.

The tornado brought winds gusting at up to 177 kilometres per hour
and torrential rain and hail to Dongguan and nearby areas of
Guangdong province late Wednesday, dpa quoted state media as saying.

It was the strongest tornado to hit Dongguan since meteorological
records began, the official Xinhua news agency quoted Deng Haoquan, a
local government spokesman, as saying.

By Thursday morning, authorities had recorded nine deaths and 158
people treated in hospital, including 11 in critical condition, Deng
said.

At least three people died and more than 50 were injured in
Hunan's Daoxian county, county government spokesman Zhou Jingzhong
was quoted as saying.

--SPA
10:18 LOCAL TIME 07:18 GMT