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UPDATE: Road slope collapse causes 5 deaths amid rainstorm in Beijing
Published: Jul 28, 2021 09:35 AM
A citizen rides a bike in rain on a street in Haidian District of Beijing, capital of China, July 12, 2021. Photo: Xinhua

A citizen rides a bike in rain on a street in Haidian District of Beijing, capital of China, July 12, 2021. Photo: Xinhua

 

Amid heavy rainstorm in Beijing on Tuesday, a road slope in Haidian district collapsed and damaged nearby buildings, leading to five deaths, including three that were missing on Wednesday morning but were later found dead. 

The road slope, southwest to the Fragrant Hill Old Apartment, collapsed at about 6:30 pm, with soil and rocks rolling down into the yard and damaging some buildings, trapping 12 people, reads a statement the Haidian district government released on Wednesday morning.

After a full-scale search and rescue attempt, the three missing people were found dead on Wednesday, leading to a total of five deaths, according to a second statement released on Wednesday afternoon.

Seven were rescued and sent to a hospital for checks. Six of them had no visible injuries and were released earlier, while one had a broken leg and received surgery.

A safety investigation is underway to prevent similar disasters from happening.

Beijing saw heavy rains on Tuesday, leading to the issuing of rainstorm, lightning and geological disaster alerts.

The Mutianyu Great Wall announced a temporary closure on Wednesday due to the continued rain and the geological disaster alert, the Beijing Daily reported.

A total of 69 trains starting from the Beijing West Railway Station and Beijing South Railway Station have been suspended as of Tuesday evening due to heavy rains and typhoon weather in many places including Central China's Henan Province, the Beijing Evening News reported on Wednesday.

If necessary, Beijing will take resolute measures including suspending work, classes and subways, the Beijing Daily reported on Wednesday, citing a Beijing government executive meeting held on Tuesday.

Global Times


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