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Severe weather kills 29 in central China

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Liangping County hit by a tornado and a hailstorm that left six people dead, injured 34
  • 17 people died, 127 injured in neighboring Dianjiang County due to severe weather
  • Weather struck Chongqing municipality -- encompassing both counties -- around 2 a.m.
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(CNN) -- Severe wind and rain in southwest China killed at least 29 people and injured 190 others, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Liangping County was hit by a tornado and hailstorm that left at least six people dead and another 34 injured, Xinhua reported.

An additional 17 people died and 127 people were injured in neighboring Dianjiang County due to gales, torrential rain and hail, the news agency said.

The severe weather struck around China's Chongqing municipality -- which encompasses both counties -- around 2 a.m. (2 p.m. ET Wednesday), Xinhua reported. Chongqing is about 1,900 km (1,181 miles) west of Shanghai.

In Dianjiang, the storms destroyed 980 residential buildings and damaged more than 10,000, Xinhua said. The damage was estimated at more than 120 million yuan ($17.6 million), a spokesman for the county government told the news agency.

Shaping township in Dianjiang saw the highest wind speed of 112 km per hour (70 mph), Xinhua said, while Hanjia township in Pengshui County received the most rain with 157 millimeters (6 inches) in a 24-hour period.

The Chongqing municipal civil affairs bureau has sent 300 tents, 1,000 quilts and emergency lights to the affected regions, Xinhua said.

In addition, the news agency said, municipal health authorities dispatched two teams of medical workers to Dianjiang and Liangping counties.