18 people were killed and 155 were injured in south China on Monday after hailstorms and strong winds hit the region, according to an article from a Chinese news webiste.
Winds were strong as 164 km per hour, and were accompanied by hail and lashing rain. They hit the cities of Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing and Dongguan on Sunday, said the same webiste.
The storms have affected over 3,200 people so far and have forced 380 of them to evacuate their homes, according to the Chinese website.
Most of the victims were killed when the strong winds brought down walls and other structures but falling debris also claimed several lives, said the webiste.
The storm dumped more than 2.2 inches of rain on the region, according to the Channel News Asia website. The area is also an important export manufacturing location in China.
The Henan Province Meteorological Station said it had issued a severe weather warning, but it had failed to reach the public in time, according to the BBC News.
The Guangdong provincial government has sent a team to the disaster-affected areas to direct relief work, the report said.