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Beijing downpour kills 2, injures 6

07-21-2012 20:33 BJT

BEIJING, July 21 (Xinhua) -- Heavy rains and strong gales that started around 10 a.m. Saturday have left at least two people dead and six others injured in Beijing, police and medical workers said.

Rooftops at a construction site in the city's suburban Tongzhou district were toppled by strong winds, crushing five people, sources with the Beijing Emergency Medical Center said.

Two of the people died on the spot, while the other three were taken to a nearby hospital.

In another village in Tongzhou, strong winds toppled rooftops, leaving three people injured, sources with the medical center said.

The heavy rain has inundated roads and cut off traffic, police said.

A total of 223 flights were cancelled and 193 others delayed for more than one hour as of 6 p.m., sources with the Beijing Capital International Airport said.

A stretch of National Highway 109 was cut off by a rain-triggered landslide in the Mentougou district, according to the Beijing flood control and drought relief office.

Beijing weather authorities have issued a warning for heavy rain and potential geological hazards, especially in mountainous areas in the city's suburbs.

The Beijing Meteorological Bureau upgraded its rainfall warning from "blue" to "yellow" at 2 p.m., hiking it even higher to "orange" at 6:30 p.m.

Chinese meteorological authorities use a four-tier color-coded weather warning system.

Precipitation in the Fangshan and Mentougou districts exceeded 30 cm as of 6 p.m., according to the bureau.

 

 

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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