21 runners dead after extreme weather in China


The extreme weather in China has reportedly killed 20 cross-country skiers in the northwest of the country.

The athletes were in the high altitude section of the race in the Yellow River Stone Forest near Baiyin City when “abrupt, extreme weather” occurred around 1:00 pm. Saturday, local officials said.

Hail, “freezing rain”, strong winds and freezing temperatures have quickly prevailed, said Zhang Xuchen, mayor of Baiyin City.

Out of 172 runners who participated in the 60 mile race, about 151 were found safe. The competition was canceled when the runners were at risk, the state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

The bodies of those killed were found by rescuers on Sunday.

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