Amid extreme weather in China’s summer, major floods ravaged Qinghai province.
At least 16 people have been killed and 18 others missing, according to Chinese state media.
State broadcaster China Central Television said in an online update that rescuers had earlier reported 36 people missing and had located 18 of them as of early Thursday afternoon local time. CCTV added that Wednesday night’s disaster affected more than 6,000 people in six villages in Qinghai province.
A video released by state media showed roads covered in mud, trees uprooted and houses damaged as rescue workers held shovels.
The emergency department described the flash floods in Qinghai’s Datong County as “mountain torrents”. Such torrents are usually caused by large storms in the mountains. Water running down a mountain can turn a gully or stream into a raging river that catches people off guard.
Seven people were killed in flash floods in southwestern China’s Sichuan province over the weekend.
Elsewhere in Sichuan and other provinces, crops are withering and factories have closed. drought Cuts in hydropower supplies and high temperatures have increased demand for electricity.
China faces heavy rain Flooding in parts of the country this summer, extremely hot and drought in other regions. State media described the heat and drought as the worst since records began 60 years ago.
This summer, more than one-third of weather stations across the country recorded extreme heat, with 262 of them matching or exceeding previous records, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
The Ministry of Finance said on Thursday it would provide 420 million yuan ($61.83 million) in emergency funds to help local governments provide food and drought relief.
Extreme weather has become more frequent around the world, scientists say climate changeand may become more intense with increasing temperature.