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Seven mountain climbers missing in central China flood


13:25, July 22, 2013

WUHAN, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Seven people who trekked up and down a mountain and became trapped by a flood on Sunday in central China's Hubei Province are missing, local authorities said Monday.

Police in Changyang County received a call at 7:40 p.m. Sunday from a woman who said her husband and six other friends were trapped by a flood at Yerengu Valley in Gaojiayan Township. They were making their way back home.

Eighteen firefighters from the county's fire brigade arrived at Muqiaoxi Village at about 10 p.m., 2 km away from the place where the mountain climbers were trapped.

The rapid flow of the stream hindered firefighters rescue efforts. At 8 a.m. Monday, they still had not found any of the climbers after searching the upper and lower reaches of the stream.

The search is continuing.

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