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Envoyé : lundi 29 avril 2019 05:30
À : Corentin Decaen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Objet : RSOE EDIS – Event Report – Hailstorm : Menglongzhen, Province of Yunnan, China, Asia
Importance : Haute
RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service, Budapest, Hungary
April 29th 2019 03:27 AM – Hailstorm – HS-20190429-67664-CHN
Hailstones the size of eggs battered a village in south-west China last night, leaving a trail of destruction. Residents in Menglongzhen in Yunnan province’s Jinghong city are facing ruin after a freak thunderstorm led to a sudden downpour of icy hail at about 7 pm local time. The huge ice pellets hammered the village, destroying homes, roofs, and windows. No casualties have been reported, according to Chinese media. Footage released by video news site Pear shows locals holding sizable hailstones in their hands or collecting them in washing bowls. Roofs, windows, and roads all sustained damage during the seven-minute storm. One clip shows the tiles of a roof falling off piece by piece as the massive lumps of ice hit it. One video shows a patch of the ground completely covered with hail while another shows several shattered solar panels in a backyard. ‘Oh my god!’ one woman was heard saying as she filmed the massive hailstones that had gone through the roof of her warehouse. The province’s weather bureau issued a blue gale warning alert yesterday afternoon and said more rain was forecast for Jinghong city today. The blue alert is the lowest level on a four-tier warning system in China. Elsewhere in Hunan province, a hail storm also wreaked havoc in Fenghuang county last night, covering buildings with large lumps of ice. The local authorities are currently calculating the economic loss caused by the adverse weather, according to China News. Many areas of southern China had been hit with adverse weather since early April, according to reports. Five provincial regions including Guizhou, Yunnan, and Hainan experienced brief, strong rainfall with hourly precipitation of 20mm to 40 mm in the first two weeks of this month.
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