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Massive rainfall, tornado injure 4 in Guangdong

(Xinhua)

14:10, April 30, 2012

GUANGZHOU, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Four people were injured after a tornado touched down on Sunday in south China's Guangdong province following torrential rains, local authorities said.

More than 20 workshops in the city of Jiangmen were destroyed by the tornado, which wreaked havoc following massive rainfalls, according to a statement from the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.

No deaths have been reported, the statement said.

Rainfall in the province exceeded 100 mm at 84 weather monitoring stations, with average precipitation up to 17.2 mm between 8 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, according to the provincial weather monitoring department.

The cities of Jiangmen, Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Huizhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan were hit hardest by the rain.

Local weather forecasters said the heavy rains will continue from Sunday to Monday, with lightning and gales up to 70 km per hour.

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