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78 dead, 200 badly hurt in extreme weather in eastern China

Hurricane-force winds, freak hailstorms, pounding rain and a tornado killed 78 people in China`s eastern province of Jiangsu on Thursday and injured nearly 500 others, 200 of them critically, Xinhua reported.

Hailstorms, rain, tornado kill 51 persons in eastern China, dozens injured

Hailstorms, rain, tornado kill 51 persons in eastern China, dozens injured

Extreme weather, including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado, killed 51 and injured dozens in China`s eastern Jiangsu province, the official Xinhua news agency reported Thursday.

Bad weather could clip India''s wheat crop by 14 percent, imports loom

Persistent rain and hail storms could cut India`s wheat crop by at least 14 percent this year, potentially forcing the world`s second-biggest producer to import the grain for the first time in a decade, an industry body said.

Banks, states asked to help farmers in distress: Sinha

The state-level bankers' committee and states have been asked to take immediate steps to mitigate the hardship of farmers following destruction of their crops by unseasonal rains and hailstorms, the government said on Friday.

Unseasonal rains damage 106.73 lakh hectares of rabi crops

Unseasonal rains and hailstorms during this month have damaged rabi (winter-sown) crops in 106.73 lakh hectares of area across 14 states as against the earlier estimates of 181 lakh hectares.