Flash floods kill 14 hikers in China

BEIJING - Fourteen hikers were killed and five are missing after being swept away by a flash flood in a scenic gorge near the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing.

BEIJING - Fourteen hikers were killed and five are missing after being swept away by a flash flood in a scenic gorge near the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing.

Xinhua news agency reported yesterday that about 400 rescuers at the Tanzhangxia Gorge worked overnight to rescue 16 other members of the group of 35 men and women who had organised the hike through a travel website.

A rainstorm triggered a wall of water several metres high, which swept the group several kilometres through the gorge. Hiker Deng Ke survived by grabbing a strand of bamboo, Xinhua said.

Urban Chinese are increasingly using the Internet to organise hikes, auto rallies and other excursions, activities that would have been very rare before the rise in incomes and China's new car culture. - Reuters

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