Beijing, the capital of China, has been affected by heavy rains. At least 33 deaths have been reported due to adverse weather conditions. Another 18 people are missing.
Cyclone Doksuri swept across northern China late last month. It entered China’s southern Fujian province after hitting the Philippines as a typhoon. Then it started raining heavily. The 140-year rainfall record was broken. Many infrastructures were damaged.
In such a situation, the country’s officials warned of possible dangerous situations, including floods, landslides, overflowing rivers, due to heavy rains in Beijing and its surrounding areas.
According to Beijing, deaths are mainly due to floods and building collapses. Shia Linmao, the city’s vice-mayor, said, “I express my deepest condolences to those who died in this hostile environment and fighting it.”
Flooding is ongoing in several areas of China. As of Friday, 147 people were reported dead and missing due to floods in the northern part of the country. According to the country’s Ministry of Emergency Management, 142 of these cases are due to natural disasters.
In Hebei, a province neighboring Beijing, the death toll is 15, and 22 are missing. Officials said 14 people were killed and one missing in the northeastern province of Jilin.
And in northern Heliojiang, the water level of several rivers has exceeded dangerous levels. Zeng Xiaokang, a police officer from the province’s Jianxi village, said, “I am very scared about the recent floods. As it is raining and the water level is rising, if the villagers are not evacuated in time, there could be dire consequences.