Severe storms, rainfall cut off hundreds in Tibet, cut off roads, communications


(MENAFN) Severe storms and persistent rainfall in the Tibet region near China's border with Nepal have led to the stranding of hundreds of people, including both residents and tourists, amid landslides and floods. The challenging conditions have particularly affected the area around the village of Xintang, near Shigatse town, where at least 472 individuals have been cut off from transportation routes and essential services.

Chinese state television reported that ongoing rainfall since Saturday has severely damaged roads and infrastructure, resulting in power outages and disruptions to communication services in the region surrounding Xintang. Images broadcast by the station depict torrents of muddy water cascading down rocky slopes and sections of roads washed away by floods and buried under debris from landslides.

Rescue operations have been underway for four days, with efforts focused on evacuating those stranded in Xintang and its vicinity. According to reports, rescue teams have successfully relocated 342 people to nearby urban areas. However, more than 130 individuals, including tourists, workers from other provinces, and local shopkeepers, remain stranded due to impassable roads, continued rainfall, and the challenges of navigating treacherous terrain on foot.

The situation remains fluid as authorities and emergency responders work tirelessly to restore access and provide assistance to those affected by the natural disasters. The unfolding events underscore the vulnerability of the region to extreme weather conditions, highlighting the ongoing efforts required to mitigate risks and ensure the safety and well-being of residents and visitors in Tibet's mountainous terrain. 

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