37 killed as flood hit northwest China

Flood disaster has affected 36,000 people in Minxian county, Gansu province, and nearby areas, forcing 2,183 residents to be evacuated.

37 killed as flood hit northwest China

World Bulletin/News Desk

At least 37 people were killed and 19 others remain missing after hail and torrential rains battered a mountainous Northwest China region near the site of a devastating mudslide two years ago, authorities said on Friday.

Flood disaster has affected 36,000 people in Minxian county, Gansu province, and nearby areas, forcing 2,183 residents to be evacuated. Roads were blocked, houses collapsed and farmland was destroyed by the extreme weather, according to State and local disaster relief agencies.

Minxian's civil affairs bureau put the number of injured at 40 in Friday's casualty report. The strong weather only lasted an hour, from 5 to 6 pm, on Thursday, but wreaked havoc in 17 of the county's 18 townships and villages, it said. Precipitation measured nearly 70 mm in the worst-hit areas.

Meanwhile, Hail and torrential rain knocked out power in six townships, damaged homes, several hospitals and schools as well as 7,374 hectares of cropland and disrupted traffic on two inter-provincial highways, the county authorities added.

Minxian is a mountainous county in Dingxi city, with a population of 450,000. It is 150 kilometers from Zhouqu county, where a rain-triggered mudslide killed more than 1,500 people in August 2010.

Thursday's rain also triggered floods in two other counties in Dingxi, parts of Longnan city, and the Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture where Zhouqu is located, but no casualties were reported.

The China national flood control and drought relief headquarters on Friday issued fresh warnings to northwestern provinces, urging them to step up weather monitoring and flood prevention efforts.    

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Mayıs 2012, 16:20

Muhammed Öylek

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