Flooding kills 17 in western China

STORY: Heavy and sudden downpours in Qinghai province started on Wednesday (August 17), causing flooding on the mountains and triggering landslides, according to China's state broadcaster CCTV.

The local government sent a rescue team of 2,000 people and more than 160 vehicles for disaster relief operations.

Since June, China has been grappling with extreme weather from heatwaves to historic floods. The government has blamed climate change, which it says will increasingly affect the economy and society.