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Beijing expects continuous rainfall in following 3 days after Level-II issued Sunday
Published: Jul 18, 2021 12:38 PM
Beijing residents ride forward in heavy rain, experiencing a less busy rush hour on Monday morning as many companies asked employees to work from home or cancel the clock in. Photo: GT/Li Hao

Beijing residents ride forward in heavy rain, experiencing a less busy rush hour on July 12 as many companies asked employees to work from home or cancel the clock in. Photo: GT/Li Hao



Beijing sees continuous rainfall in the coming three days after the capital city issued an updated orange, or Level-II, rainstorm warning Sunday morning, with at least 350 flights canceled. 

The accumulated rainfall in some areas of Beijing exceeded 150 millimeters, according to a notice that the Beijing meteorological service issued at 7 am Sunday.

The precipitation is expected to continue mainly in western Beijing, with some districts expected to see rainfall of more than 200 millimeters, the service said. 

Beijing water authorities also issued a blue, or level-IV, alert for flooding. 

At least 350 flights have been canceled at the Beijing Capital International Airport and Beijing Daxing International Airport as of 8:07 am Sunday, according to data from Variflight.com, an online aviation information platform. 

As of 10:52 pm, the number of canceled flights at the two airports reached 385, showed Variflight.com.

More than 10 train line services was temporarily suspended due to the heavy rainfall, said the Beijing Railway Administration. 

The Jin'anqiao subway station in western Beijing was flooded and closed to passengers. 

A woman surnamed Zheng, who was trapped in the flooded station in the morning, told the Global Times that a large amount of water poured down the steps and from the ceiling of the station, and the water level on the ground reached her ankles. "I felt like I was in a cave with a 'water curtain,'" she said, adding that the stranded passengers were evacuated by the subway station staff. 

The water in the station was cleared as of 3:30 pm, and road traffic also resumed..

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism said that 118 scenic spots had been closed to tourists as the authorities warned of risks of torrential floods and other geological disasters in mountainous regions and reminded the public to take precautions. 

Within one week, Beijing has issued a number of warnings for rainstorm, floods and heavy wind. The city saw the heaviest rainfall of the year on July 12, with traffic services suspended, schools closed, and office workers working from home.


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