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21 die in China building site flood

A flash flood has swept through a construction site in the north-western Chinese province of Qinghai, killing at least 21 workers, state media reported.

Rescuers are still searching for three workers missing after the disaster in Wulan county, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Seven injured people were taken to hospital.

The remote region lies amid high mountains 1,500 miles west of Beijing, where flash floods are a frequent threat to residents and adventurers drawn by the towering peaks.

Elsewhere in China, heavy flooding in the extreme south and north-east has left more than 200 dead or missing in recent days.

Flooding and landslides in the south have been chiefly caused by rains brought by last week's Typhoon Utor. Another storm is bearing down on Taiwan and is expected to hit mainland China on Thursday.

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