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Rain Lashes Western China, 16 Killed in Flooding; Over 30 Missing

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Last Updated: August 18, 2022, 15:12 IST

Beijing

Heavy rain lashes part of China even as the country fights the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. (Reuters File)

Heavy rain lashes part of China even as the country fights the recent spike in Covid-19 cases. (Reuters File)

Heavy and sudden downpours in Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County, population 403,368, of Qinghai province started late Wednesday, causing flooding on the mountains and triggered landslides, according to China's state broadcaster CCTV.

Flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the western Chinese province of Qinghai has killed 16 people, state media reported on Thursday, with an additional 36 missing.

Heavy and sudden downpours in Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County, population 403,368, of Qinghai province started late Wednesday, causing flooding on the mountains and triggered landslides, according to China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

Rivers changed courses and flooded villages and towns. More than 6,200 people were affected by the flood.

Local government has sent a rescue team of 2,000 people and more than 160 vehicles for disaster relief.

Since June, China has been grappling with extreme weather from heatwaves to historic floods. The government has blamed climate change, which it says will increasingly affect the economy and society.

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first published:August 18, 2022, 15:12 IST
last updated:August 18, 2022, 15:12 IST