Seven people died after heavy downpour and hailstorms hit Gansu province this week, Xinhua reports.
The heavy rain hit parts of Dingxi city, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the provincial capital Lanzhou for four hours on Monday, from 7pm to 11pm.
Twenty six people were injured, while approximately 20,000 people were affected and 213 houses collapsed.
Rescue and relief efforts are under way.
[Image via: Xinhua]