XINING, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a mountain torrent triggered by heavy rains in northwest China's Qinghai Province has risen to 26 as of 4 p.m. Sunday, with another five people still missing, according to local authorities.
A total of 6,245 residents of six villages in the Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County have been affected by heavy rains, which began at 10:25 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the emergency response headquarters for the natural disaster.
The downpours lashed Datong, triggering flash floods and mudslides and causing rivers to change course, then striking the villages.
Twenty-three people who were previously reported missing have been rescued. Electricity in the affected areas has been restored, roads and bridges have resumed traffic, and network communication has been restored. ■