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16 dead, 36 missing after flash flooding in China

At least 16 people have died, and a further 36 are missing after a flash flood in north-western China.

• August 18, 2022
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Flood used to illustrate the story [Photo Credit :Reuters]

At least 16 people have died, and a further 36 are missing after a flash flood in north-western China.

According to a report on state television, the flash floods occurred on Wednesday evening in the mountains in Datong County near the city of Xining in Qinghai province after heavy rainfall.

The report said the downpours triggered landslides that blocked and diverted rivers, affecting more than 6,000 people in two towns and six villages.

The authorities mobilised around 2,000 rescue workers, including police officers, paramilitary units, emergency services and government officials, for recovery efforts.

State media reported that Qinghai province had declared the second-highest alert level in its four-tier emergency and disaster response system.

Large numbers of the Hui and Tu minorities live in the affected region. 

(dpa/NAN)

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