20 die in extreme weather in China cross-country race

Ruben Hill
May 25, 2021

Early Sunday, rescuers found 21 dead, including the last of the five missing following an all-night search that involved more than 700 personnel. "The temperature dropped sharply".

More than 1,200 rescuers, assisted by thermal-imaging drones and radar detectors, deployed across the area, recovered151 runners safely. Liang had won multiple Chinese ultramarathons in recent years, IOL reports.

'The local organisers have an inescapable responsibility for the bad weather in the marathon!

"We express deep condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims and the injured".

The runner opted to quit the race.

Ultimately, 151 of the 172 participants were confirmed to be safe following a massive rescue effort. Photos published by Chinese media also showed a group of runners huddled together on the mountainside, some wrapped in insulation blankets.

'My whole body was soaked through, including my shoes and socks.

But the one thing he excelled at was running - so he joined races over the years in the hopes of winning some prize money, his friends were quoted as saying.

Dressed only in their running attire, athletes had minimum protection against the harsh conditions and by the time the event was cancelled, several people had already suffered from hypothermia while others collapsed due to the cold, South China Post reported.

A mountainous section of the race was hit by hail and freezing rain by midday on Saturday. 'Come and save us, quick!'

The deaths sparked outrage on Chinese social media, mainly directed at the regional government over its lack of contingency planning.

But the weather caught them off guard, and on the morning of the race Saturday, he already sensed things were not normal.

A woman who worked for the race organizer, Gansu Shengjing Sports Culture Development Co., said there were no predictions of extreme weather for the day of the race, according to Beijing News, a paper owned by the Beijing city government.

"This incident is a public safety incident caused by sudden changes in weather in a local area", he said, adding that provincial authorities will further investigate its cause.

Baiyin city officials publicly accepted blame during a press conference Sunday.

Gansu, one of China's poorest regions, borders Mongolia to the north and Xinjiang to the west.

Deadly floods and landslides have hit the province in the past, with mudslides reportedly killing more than 1,000 people in one town in 2010.

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