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8 killed, 120 injured in Anhui storm

EIGHT people were killed and 120 others were injured as storm swept east China's Anhui province, said local authorities yesterday.

Gale with the maximum speed of 29 meters per second ravaged in Anhui with hailstones from 2:15 to 3:40 pm Saturday. Eight people were killed by collapsed houses and fallen trees, while 120 were injured.

Twenty of those described as "seriously injured" were sent to hospitals, said an official with the disaster relief office of the province.

Details of the disaster is not available yet.

This is the second storm this month. The first occurred from June 3 to 5, affecting nearly four million people and killing more than 20.

A working team has been sent out by the civil affairs bureau of Anhui to affected areas.

The bureau issued an urgent notice ordering local governments to be alert of extreme weather so as to make quick response and minimize losses in the future.


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