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On Saturday, 11 July 2009, 14 hikers were killed when flash flood waters roared down the Tanzhangxia Gorge in Chongquin, China. The group of 35 hikers had entered a forbidden section of the gorge in the company of a local guide.


Torrential rains that began at about 8:00 pm on Thursday, 9 July 2009 caused a wall of water to rush down the gorge at about 3:00 pm local time on Saturday, 11 July 2009. Survivor Deng Ke, who withstood the flood waters by clinging to a bamboo shoot, reported hearing “a roaring sound” before a wall of water “several meters high” bore down on the group.


400 emergency workers responded immediately; ultimately, 1,900 police officers, soldiers, medical personnel and local residents joined forces to search for the missing. They recovered 14 bodies. 16 members of the group survived; five of these were hospitalized with minor injuries. Five remain missing.


In other parts of the province, rain-triggered mud flows left two dead and four missing. The storms affected 151,600 people in 106 townships, forcing more than 3,880 to evacuate their homes.

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