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article imageHeavy rains in Beijing, China kill at least 10 people

By Anne Sewell     Jul 22, 2012 in Environment
Beijing - In continuing heavy rains in China, Beijing has been inundated with torrential rains, killing at least ten and stranding 80,000 at the airport.
Digital Journal reported on July 15 on the flooding and landslides in southern and central China, where at least 21 people were killed.
Now, in one of the strongest rainfalls in over forty years, Chinese TV is reporting that Beijing has experienced flooding in the streets, killing at least ten people.
80,000 people are apparently stranded at the city's airport and more than 500 flights have been cancelled.
Xinhua reports that thousands of residents of the city's Fangshan, Huairou, Mentougou, Pinggu, Miyun and Yanqing areas were evacuated on Sunday morning
Two people died when a roof collapsed in the suburb of Tongzhou and another person was killed by lightning.
Others were killed by drowning and by electric shocks from downed power lines in the water, including the head of a police station.
It is normal for Bejing to receive a large amount of rain in summer, but yesterday's rain was the heaviest in forty years, with the city receiving around 170 mm (6.7 inches) of rain on average, and in the township of Fanshan 450 mm (18.1 inches) of rain fell.
Storm warnings were apparently issued before the rain hit. One person posted on the microblogging website, Sina Weibo, "It was forecast early on that Beijing would get torrential rain, so why were pumps and other facilities not prepared in time?"
Later reports state that 13 people have been killed so far in the heavy rains and flooding.
Above is an amateur video which shows the flooded streets, with some residents pushing a police car through the water.
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