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Sabtu, 22 Mei 2021

Twenty dead from extreme weather in China cross-country race as rescue efforts continue - ABC News

At least 20 people running a mountain marathon cross-country race have died in northwestern China after hail, freezing rain and gale winds hit the high-altitude track, rescuers say.

The rescue headquarters quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency said participants suffered when temperatures plummeted.

"Participants suffered from physical discomfort and loss of temperature due to the sudden drop in air temperature," the rescue headquarters said.

Some went missing in the extreme weather around 1pm Saturday, when the 100-kilometre race in the Yellow River Stone Forest tourist site in Baiyin city in Gansu province was halted.

Early Sunday, 20 people were found dead and one was missing, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Emergency personnel and vehicles wait on standby in the night.
More than 700 rescuers were taking part in the operation.(

AP: Fan Peishen/Xinhua

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More than 700 rescuers were taking part in the operation, made difficult by low nighttime temperatures and the area’s complex terrain and topography.

A total of 172 people joined the race.

"As of 3am Sunday, 151 participants have been confirmed to be safe, of which five with minor injuries are being treated in the hospital and in stable condition," the rescue headquarters said.

Gansu, one of China's poorest regions, borders Mongolia to the north and Xinjiang to the west.

Deadly floods and landslides have hit the province in the past, with mudslides reportedly killing well over 1,000 people in one town in 2010.

It is also prone to earthquakes.

Aerial photo shows the scenery of Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot at Jingtai County in Baiyin City, China
Aerial view of the scenery of Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot at Jingtai County.(

AFP: Xinhua

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Yellow River Stone Forest is famous for its rugged mountain scenery marked by stone stalagmites and pillars, and is used as a location in many Chinese television shows and movies, according to the China Daily.

Its rock formations are believed to be 4 billion years old, the Daily said.

Aerial photo shows the scenery of Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot at Jingtai County in Baiyin City, China
Yellow River Stone Forest Scenic Spot at Jingtai County is famous for its view of the stone pillars and oases.(

AFP: Xinhua 

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