As China prepares for the third typhoon in as many weeks, at least 11 people have perished and 13 more are missing in Beijing’s heavy rains.
Even as another typhoon reached the eastern coast on Tuesday, the remains of last week’s super storm Doksuri soaked Beijing for the fourth day in a row.
According to official media, more than 50,000 people have already been evacuated from the city.
Numerous regions have been affected by the water, which has caused train and traffic delays.
Doksuri moved through the Philippines and Taiwan at the end of last week on its route to China, causing at least 12 fatalities in both countries.
The disaster management ministry has issued a warning that heavy rains are anticipated to continue this week and that flooding may intensify in northern areas around Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei province.
According to authorities, Hebei has seen at least nine fatalities.
At 14 weather stations in Beijing and the northern provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, and Shandong, nonstop rain throughout the weekend smashed daily precipitation records.
Chinese authorities have not released a formal death toll or confirmed the number of those missing outside the capital.
According to CCTV, military helicopters were dispatched early on Tuesday to provide ponchos and emergency food supplies to those stranded in and around a train station in the severely affected Mentougou district of western Beijing.
The district is said to have almost 150,000 homes without running water.
According to flight tracker app Flight Master, at Beijing’s two airports on Tuesday, about 400 flights were canceled and hundreds were delayed.
Residents of the nearby Hebei Province have posted videos online showing large areas of land under water.
According to reports, residents in a number of neighborhoods in Hebei’s Zhouzhou county have been cut off from help for up to 24 hours.
Monday saw the dramatic rescue of a guy who was clinging to an overturned automobile while being engulfed in surging floodwaters in Wu’an city, also in Hebei. Before a helicopter hoisted him to safety, the driver of the car was whirling down a flooded river in his vehicle.
China has seen excessive heat and rain in recent weeks, similar to many other regions of the world, which some scientists have connected to climate change.
On Friday, Doksuri made landfall in China’s Fujian province in the country’s southeast, causing landslides and flooding before heading north into the nation’s capital. Residents of Fujian in their hundreds of thousands were evacuated.
Typhoon Doksuri, which made landfall a week after Typhoon Talim, also forced the province’s schools and workplaces to close in large numbers.
Beijing had a downpour of roughly 170.9mm (6.7in) between Saturday night and midday on Monday, according to China’s Meteorological Bureau. This is equal to the average rainfall for the entire month of July.
The approach of Typhoon Khanun offers scant solace. On Wednesday, it is anticipated to enter the East China Sea before advancing to the coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian in China.
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