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Flash Flooding Kills At Least 16 People In Western China, 18 Still Missing

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Mary Rooke Staff Writer
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Sudden rainfall in western China caused flash flooding that killed over a dozen people on Wednesday and left more missing.

The rapidly rising waters Wednesday night caused a landslide that disturbed the flow of a local river and forced flood waters into six villages in the Qinghai province, killing at least sixteen villagers, with eighteen still missing, AP News reported.

CCTV, Chinese state media run by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), announced that rescuers had found eighteen of the 36 people initially missing from the flooding that authorities described as a “mountain torrent,” the AP said.

The six Qinghai province villages affected by the flash flooding are home to more than 6,000 people, CCTV said, according to the outlet. The mountain torrent was caused by heavy rainfalls that forced the mudslides and debris to divert the flow of the river toward the populated areas.

Local villages were affected by flowing waters, mud, and debris, like uprooted trees, that washed away roads and displaced people’s cars, the AP reported. (RELATED: China Might Be The Biggest Winner In Senate-Passed CHIPS Bill)

Another mountain torrent killed seven people in the Sichuan province in southwestern China, according to the outlet.

Sichuan province is among a large area of mountains and rivers affected by a historic drought in the southwestern region, the AP reported. China state media said more than 600,000 people and 36,7000 hectares of crops were affected by the lack of rain and high temperatures, the outlet stated.