Fatal Rainstorm Struck Chinese Capital of BeijingBack to list
The heaviest rainstorm in six decades knocked the Chinese capital of Beijing with
The torrential downpour lasted for 10 hours, paralyzing traffic throughout the city.
Heavy rainfall also triggered inundation with water levels reaching 13 feet at some
points, leaving numerous drivers and pedestrians stranded in flooded streets.
According to the officials, the occurrence had affected almost 2 million residents,
among which, 37 people had been confirmed dead. Furthermore, economic losses
were estimated to exceed 1.5 billion dollars.
Despite the personnel of thousands called on for emergency response, critical
comments on ill‐prepared government, fragile infrastructure, and failure of deploying
the emergency broadcast system could still be heard.