By Amy Oliver
PUBLISHED: 10:34 EST, 13 May 2012 | UPDATED: 12:05 EST, 13 May 2012
At least 44 people have died and 26 others are missing after a massive mudslide swallowed a region in northwest China.
The slide was triggered by heavy rain and hail in the poor mountainous region.
The Civil Affairs Ministry said power and telecommunications have been disrupted in Minxian, Zhangxian and Weiyuan counties in Gansu province.
The ministry said that around 150,000 people were evacuated and needed emergency assistance as a result of the storm that battered the county on Thursday evening and triggered the mudslide.
Relief teams have taken blankets and clothing to the area.
The central government says it will provide funds for relief work and rebuilding.
Sludge: A young girl navigates her way across a mud-covered street after a storm hit the village in Minxian
Heartbreaking: An elderly woman looks at her flood-damaged home in Minxian. Twenty-six people are still missing after the disaster
Aftermath: Villagers salvage whatever they can from their damaged homes, left, while others walk through the sludge in the mountain region, right
Fields of mud: A man looks on helplessly at his damaged home, left, while another surveys the fields and fields of mud after the storm, right