Heavy Rain, Hail Kill 37 in NW China; 19 Missing

The death toll from hail and rain storms in a mountainous area in northwest China has risen to 37.

Villagers evacuate their homes after a storm hit their village in Minxian, northern China’s Gansu province on May 11, 2012

BEIJING: The death toll from hail and rain storms in a mountainous area in northwest China has risen to 37.

The official Xinhua News Agency says that another 19 people are missing and that power supplies and telecommunications networks have been disrupted in Minxian County in Gansu province.

Xinhua said Saturday that nearly 30,000 people were evacuated following the storm, which battered the county over two days starting Thursday.

Relief teams have taken blankets and clothing into the area, although some roads are blocked, making rescue efforts difficult.