According to China News, on June 15, the Qingyuan District Government of Baoding City, Hebei Province, published a report regarding damage to local crops and other material losses caused by bad weather.
At about 11 p.m on June 14, heavy rain accompanied by hail hit some towns in the Quingyuan district.
The disaster significantly impacted local agricultural productivity and people’s lives. Among them, seven townships in the district were severely affected.
Preliminary statistics show that the disaster caused damage worth about 15 million dollars to 2,442.88 hectares (or 6000 acres) of local crops such as watermelon, wheat, and sunflower. The disaster also affected about 32700 people. Now, the district relief work is proceeding.
According to reports, the planting area for melon and vegetables in Qingyuan District is above 300,000 mu (about 50000 acres), with an annual output of 600,000 tons of watermelon.
On June 12, a sudden hailstorm also hit Miyun District, Beijing.
The recent hailstorm in Beijing recorded hailstones of impressive size. Many netizens compared the stones to the size of an egg.
Videos and photos of a variety of these enormous hailstones and the considerable damage caused by some of them became a trending topic online.