Hail kills three, injures dozens as storms sweep China

Three people have been killed and many more injured in a series of hailstorms across China.

The deaths on Tuesday and Wednesday were in eastern Jiangxi province, where 900 homes were damaged.

In south-western Guizhou province, 25 people were injured as hailstones 3.5cm (1.5 inches) in diameter and weighing 18 grams (0.6 ounces) damaged buildings and destroyed crops over a wide area.

The storms forced more than 700 people from their homes in the area.

Power lines were brought down and telecommunications disrupted as the local government sent medical and relief teams to the affected regions.