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23 dead, more than 160 injured in China tornado: state media

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) May 6, 2010
At least 23 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a tornado struck China's southwestern mega-city of Chongqing Thursday, smashing homes and destroying crops, state media reported.

The tornado hit two rural counties in the giant municipality at around 2:00 am (1800 GMT Wednesday), Xinhua news agency said, adding that the number of dead and injured were still being tallied.

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Heavy rains, hail spark floods in Riyadh
Riyadh (AFP) May 3, 2010
Saudi officials ordered schools closed Tuesday after heavy rains and hail sparked flooding and paralysed traffic in Riyadh. Violent thunderstorms shook the normally arid Saudi capital Monday afternoon, flooding underpasses, stalling cars and blocking traffic, according to accounts from residents, television reports, and video footage on the web. There were no official reports of injuries ... read more

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