News : Tragedy in a mountain race in China: 21 dead due to cold
21 people died of cold during a mountain race held this Saturday in a tourist area of the Chinese province of Gansu in the northwest of the country.
The race, in which the 172 participants had to cover more than 100 kilometers cross country in a mountainous area, was interrupted after some of them showed signs of hypothermia and physical problems after the sudden drop in temperatures in an area of great altitude.
Affected by hail, freezing rain and gales around 1:00 p.m. local time (05:00 GMT) yesterday, some of them disappeared.
Rescue teams confirmed the death of up to 21 of the runners around 08:00 local time (00:00 GMT) this Sunday.
According to rescuers, the main problem was that temperatures dropped to close to zero degrees Celsius while the runners wore thin garments that did not protect them from the cold.