2 The flash floods occurred on Wednesday evening in the mountains in Datong County near the city of Xining in Qinghai Province, after heavy rainfall.
3 The downpours triggered landslides that blocked and diverted rivers, affecting more than 6,000 people in two towns and six villages, the report said.
4 The authorities mobilised around 2,000 rescue workers, including police officers, paramilitary units, emergency services and government officials, for recovery efforts.
5 Qinghai province has declared the second-highest alert level in its four-tier emergency and disaster response system, state media reported.
6 Large numbers of the Hui and Tu minorities live in the affected region.