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Hail pounds northwest China


Hail the size of soybeans fell in northwest China this week
Hail the size of soybeans fell in northwest China this week

June 7, 2012 — China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, an area that has been suffering from drought, was hit by a hailstorm on Thursday.

Precipitation is needed in the area
Precipitation is needed in the area

Soybean-sized hailstones pounded some mountainous areas in Toli County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Thursday noon, alleviating the areas' drought to certain degree.

The hailstorm lasted only 15 minutes, and visited only mountainous areas that had been going through a drought.

"The hailstones hit three parts of the region, approximately an area of a six-kilometer radius," said Hu Guanghui, secretary of a local CPC committee in Toli County.

The hailstorm didn't cause any damage, and instead has alleviated the drought to some extent. 

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