Western China Flash Flood Leaves 16 Killed and 36 Missing

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According to Chinese official media, a sudden downpour in western China created a landslide that diverted a river and caused flash floods in inhabited areas, killing at least 16 people and leaving 36 more unaccounted for.

Rescuers have located two additional persons who had been reported missing earlier and are looking for the rest, according to a report published by state broadcaster CCTV. More than 6,000 people in six villages in the Qinghai province were impacted by the accident on Wednesday night, according to CCTV.

This summer, China is experiencing both high heat and drought in some areas of the nation and torrential rains and flooding in others. The heat and drought have been dubbed the worst since records have been kept, which dates back 60 years.

Emergency personnel called the flash flood in Datong county, Qinghai, a “mountain torrent.” These torrents typically originate from strong squalls in mountainous regions. People may be caught off guard if gullies or streams develop into roaring rivers due to water flowing down the mountain.

Last weekend, a mountain torrent in Sichuan province, southwest China, claimed the lives of seven individuals.

Crops are withering and factories are closed elsewhere in Sichuan and other provinces as a drought reduced hydropower supply and hot temperatures increased electrical consumption.

Source: Boston Globe

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