The worst downpour Beijing, China’s capital, has seen in 140 years has resulted in at least 20 fatalities. According to statistics from the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, between Saturday and Wednesday, the city received 744.8mm (29.3 inches) of rain, which is the most since 1891.
Typhoon Doksuri, which raced north after making landfall in southern Chinese provinces, was to blame for the severe storms. According to a report by the NASA Earth Observatory, Doksuri made landfall in China’s Xiamen and Quanzhou on Monday morning, producing significant flooding in Beijing. The severe storm caused infrastructural damage and forced thousands of people to seek refuge.
The torrential rain caused by the typhoon has resulted in at least 20 deaths as of Tuesday, making it one of the worst storms to hit northern China in years.
In Beijing, more than 31,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, and work at construction sites has been halted.
Additionally, extreme rainfalls have affected north China and regions along the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, as reported by state news agency Xinhua.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for rigorous search and rescue efforts, as well as flood control and disaster relief work.
“It is crucial to ensure medical treatment for the injured and provide aid and comfort to the families of the deceased,” Xi was quoted as saying.
On Wednesday, the red alert for floods in Beijing was lifted as “the water flow in major rivers has gone below the warning mark,” according to Xinhua.