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12 killed, 1 missing in Central China flash flood

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-08-05 18:40
Rescuers pull tourists out of the flood which hit Duobi Gorge at Hefeng county in Hubei province on Sunday night. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

WUHAN - Twelve people have been confirmed dead and another one remains missing after a downpour-triggered flash flood hit a scenic area in Central China's Hubei province, local authorities said on Monday.

The accident happened around 6:40 pm on Sunday in Duobi Gorge, Hefeng county. So far, 61 people have been rescued, according to the rescue headquarters.

The identities of the victims have been preliminarily confirmed as tourists from outside the region. Rescue work is still underway.

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