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Sandstorm wreaks havoc

Three people are dead and two more are missing after a sandstorm swept East China's Shandong province on Monday, the provincial civil affairs bureau said on Wednesday.

Two women, both aged 55, were killed when a boat overturned in the fierce sandstorm in Juxian county. Two men fell into the water in the same accident and were still missing on Wednesday, the bureau said.

In a separate accident, a villager in Ningyang county was blown into a river by the sandstorm and drowned.

The bureau received reports that 1.5 million people suffered property losses in the freak sandstorm, which hit the province on Monday afternoon.

The bureau has sent work groups to investigate the disaster and help with the relief work.


Official detained in driving accident

Police in Central China's Hunan province on Wednesday detained an official who is alleged to have killed two people while driving without a license.

Three others were injured in the accident, which occurred in Hengdong county, Hunan province, at 3 pm on Tuesday, said a spokesman with Hengdong government.

Ding Jiayao, deputy director of highway construction supervision of Hengdong county, who had no driver's license, drove a sports utility vehicle into a tailor's shop on Hengdong's Xincun Road and hit five people who were playing cards, the spokesman said.

Police are still investigating the accident.


Automobile expo set for September

China (Suzhou) International Automobiles Industry Expo will be held at Suzhou International Expo Center between Sept 21 and 25 this year.

The expo will have the theme of "a low-carbon economy, fashionable consumption and a happy life".

During the expo, domestic and foreign industrial leaders, economists, marketing experts and representatives of new-energy research institutions will be invited to attend the forum.

Source: China Daily
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