Hail and torrential rains kill 44 in Minxian of Gansu Province,23 missing

Updated:Sun, May 13, 2012 09:27 AM   By Bernd Chang

Hail disaster,torrential rains

A father and his son stay in their shop destroyed by hail and torrential rains in Chabu Town, Minxian County in northwest China's Gansu Province, May 11, 2012.

The death toll had risen to 44 and 23 others remained missing as of May13 Sunday after hail disaster and torrential rains battered the mountainous county Minxian in Northwest China's Gansu Province.
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May 13,2012, Lanzhou - The official Xinhua News Agency says that another 114 people have been injured and hospitalized including five people severely injured. Currently local residents are in urgent need of rescuing materials.

As of 6 pm Sundday, the torrential rains had affected 414,700 people in Minxian county, Gansu province, forcing the evacuation of nearly 15,240 local residents. Nearly 20,000 houses collapsed, 63,000 domestic animals were killed. Roads were blocked, and farmland destroyed by the extreme weather, according to Minxian county civil affairs bureau.

About 2,000 officials, as well as 800 soldiers and militiamen, have been dispatched to the storm-battered areas to rescue trapped villagers.

Minxian's civil affairs bureau said the stormy weather lasted just from 5 to 6 p.m., but wreaked havoc in all of the county's 18 townships. In the worst-hit areas, precipitation measured nearly 70 mm.

Minxian is a mountainous county in the city of Dingxi with a population of 450,000. Thursday's rains also triggered floods in two other counties in Dingxi, as well as parts of the city of Longnan and the Gannan Tibetan autonomous prefecture. No deaths have been reported in those areas.


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