Devastating hail storm kills 44 and 26 others still missing after mudslide rumbles through one of China’s poorest regions

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2143776/Devastating-hail-storm-kills-44-26-missing-mudslide-rumbles-Chinas-poorest-regions.html

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.

Mudflow: Soldiers help people to evacuate in Goumen Village, Minxian County, in northwest China's Gansu Province, after heavy rain and hail prompted a massive mudslide that killed at least 44 people Mudflow: Soldiers help people to evacuate in Goumen Village, Minxian County, in northwest China’s Gansu Province, after heavy rain and hail prompted a massive mudslide that killed at least 44 people

 

Devastation: Health workers disinfect a damaged home after the storm hit the village on ThursdayDevastation: Health workers disinfect a damaged home after the storm hit the village on Thursday

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 MinxianSludge: A young girl navigates her way across a mud-covered street after a storm hit the village in Minxian

Devastation: Around 150,000 people were evacuated and needed emergency assistance across swathes of Gansu ProvinceDevastation: Around 150,000 people were evacuated and needed emergency assistance across swathes of Gansu Province

Heartbreaking: An elderly woman looks at her flood-damaged home in Minxian. Twenty-six people are still missing after the disaster 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
Aftermath: Villagers salvage whatever they can from their damaged homes, left, while others walk through the sludge in the mountain region, right

Aftermath: Villagers salvage whatever they can from their damaged homes, left, while others walk through the sludge in the mountain region, right

 

 

Gone: Villager Jia Xinping, left, stands next to the remains of his house destroyed by hail and torrential rains in Minxian CountyGone: Villager Jia Xinping, left, stands next to the remains of his house destroyed by hail and torrential rains in Minxian County

 

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
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

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

 

Clean-up operation: Workers clear the mud that has covered a street in Minxian. The central government says it will provide funds for relief work and rebuildingClean-up operation: Workers clear the mud that has covered a street in Minxian. The central government says it will provide funds for relief work and rebuilding

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Posted on May 13, 2012, in Earth Changes / Extreme Weather, Science / Technology and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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