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Beijing sees longest rainstorm, emergency response system tested

08-16-2011 08:21 BJT

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Beijing's longest rainstorm this summer began Sunday afternoon, testing the city's emergency response system again.

Autumn has arrived with near monsoon conditions. The downpour lasts for more than 10 hours in the capital, making Monday morning's commute difficult. Luckily, the city was well-prepared, this time. More than 100 extra buses were sent out on busy routes.

Beijing sees frequent rainstorms this summer. One huge downpour hammered the city in late June, around the evening rush hour. Drenched pedestrians waded through ankle-deep water, cars were stuck bumper to bumper.

Hundreds of commuters had to find alternative ways home in the middle of the deluge, as flash floods forced at least three subway lines to close. This time, sandbags have been piled at subway entrances, rubber pads are in place, suggesting the lesson has been learnt.

But there were unexpected events. In a community in the northern part of the city, a huge tree was uprooted, causing a headache for local residents. Several other trees are also on the verge of toppling. The community gateway is blocked too. One resident said, "It's very inconvenient. I wanted to take my grandson to hospital this morning. But I just couldn't get out."

The rainfall is a test for Beijing's emergency response system. So far, it's passed. But weather forecasters say more downpours are expected, so challenges remain.

Beijing's longest rainstorm this summer began Sunday afternoon, testing the city's emergency response system again.

Beijing's longest rainstorm this summer began Sunday afternoon, testing the city's emergency response system again.

 

    Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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