23 killed in China thunderstorm
At least 23 people were killed and 161 injured after strong gale and heavy rain swept China's Chongqing region Thursday morning, officials said.
The disastrous weather started at around 2.00 a.m. local time in Dianjiang and Liangping counties, toppling houses and damaging crops, Xinhua quoted government officials as saying.
Six people were killed and 34 injured in Liangping County while 17 people died and 127 were injured in Dianjiang County, they said.
The government has started relief work in the region.