Heaviest rain in six in decades kills 10 in Beijing
The heaviest rain in 61 years left at least 10 people dead and six injured in Beijing, prompting the evacuation of thousands of suburban residents, state media said Sunday.
More than 163 millimeters of rain fell in less than 12 hours, the heaviest since weather records began in 1951, Xinhua news agency said citing state meteorology data, dpa reported.
The outlying Fangshan district experienced 366 millimeters of rain. A police official died of electrocution while trying to rescue villagers trapped by a flooding river, Xinhua said.
Extreme weather halted 223 flights, caused citywide power outages and flooded main roads up to 1 metre deep.
Two people died and six were injured when wind destroyed roofs in two villages in the capital's suburban Tongzhou district, the Beijing Emergency Medical Center reported. Lightning killed another victim.