Xinjiang heatwave leads snowmelt flood

Heatwave has attacked northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region since June, speeding the snowmelting of the Kunlun Mountains.

Monday morning, a snowmelt flood trapped 6 people in river Yurunkax of Hotan.

Hotan fire fighters rushed to the scene and saved the trapped people.

SOUNDBITE (UYGHUR): ABDUL, trapped people
“The flood came in all of a sudden, I asked for help and the fire fighters came to save us.”

According to local meteorological stations, the heatwave will continue due to this year’s strong El Nino phenomenon.

High frequency of snowmelt flood and other geologic hazards are expected in Xinjiang area.

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