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City focuses on safety in wake of river tragedy

SHANGHAI tourism authorities will establish an industrial association to overseer outdoor exploration activities in the wake of the weekend's tragic river incident in Zhejiang Province.

The three Shanghai adventurers swept away in the flooded river on Saturday were still missing yesterday.

By late yesterday rescuers from Zhejiang had searched all rivers under Luxi Gorge.

Zhejiang police believe the three were either swept into a reservoir, buried under a rock, or had escaped into the mountains and become lost.

The families of the three missing Shanghai tourists yesterday went to the scene, but were not allowed to participate in the search.

The three were among an 18-member outdoor exploring club which went to Luxi Gorge at the weekend.

A rainstorm hit the area on Saturday, causing the river level to suddenly soar.

The three and a tour guide were washed away. The guide was found safe on Sunday.

The Shanghai Tourism Administration said most outdoor exploration groups organized activities without professional guidelines.

The Shanghai Mountaineering Association said the city had about 80 outdoor exploration clubs, among which only about 10 had a license from city authorities.

The Highway Club, which organized the weekend's event, did not have a license, according to the association.


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