Beijing swamped with heaviest rainfall in 60 years- 37 dead, 50,000 forced evacuations

July 23, 2012BEIJINGThe heaviest rainfall in six decades caused widespread havoc in this capital over the weekend, killing at least 37 people and forcing the evacuation of 50,000 others from waterlogged neighborhoods and villages, according to the state news media. More than six inches of rain fell overnight Saturday into Sunday, collapsing roofs, downing power lines and turning highway underpasses into ponds that engulfed scores of cars and buses. About 80,000 passengers at Beijing Capital International Airport were stranded overnight after fierce thunderstorms forced the cancellation of 500 flights, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. The sewer system of Beijing, a city poised on the edge of the Gobi Desert, is ill-equipped to handle heavy precipitation; residents in low-lying areas are accustomed to dealing with minor flooding after rainstorms. Officials said the rain, which began at noon and stretched into the early morning, was the heaviest since 1951. The city’s flood control bureau said the downpour in the city’s southwestern Fangshan district brought 18 inches of water and forced the evacuation of hundreds, including 350 students who were trapped at a military training site. Among the dead were a police officer electrocuted by a falling power line and another person struck by lightning. Elsewhere in the country, at least 10 people drowned or perished in landslides, including four people killed in northern Shanxi Province when their truck was swept away by a swollen river, the state news media reported. –NY Times
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4 Responses to Beijing swamped with heaviest rainfall in 60 years- 37 dead, 50,000 forced evacuations

  1. dlhenry says:

    It’s interesting how one side of the earth is experiencing one of the worst droughts ever, and then the other is flooding like crazy O_o

  2. Lee H says:

    Not unusual, when the Mayan civillization was being obliterated by a horrific drought, Europe was locked in one of its worst winters for generations.

  3. Emanni says:

    China censors coverage of deadly Beijing floods
    http://news.yahoo.com/china-censors-coverage-deadly-beijing-floods-064404487.html

    Beijing authorities have reportedly ordered Chinese media to stick to positive news about record weekend floods, after the death of at least 37 people sparked fierce criticism of the government.

    Censors also deleted microblog posts criticising the official response to the disaster in China’s rapidly modernising capital, which came at a time of heightened political sensitivity ahead of a 10-yearly handover of power.

  4. Emanni says:

    In Photos – Heaviest Rain In 60 Years Kills 37 In Beijing
    http://news.sky.com/story/963422/heaviest-rain-in-60-years-kills-37-in-beijing

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