Sunday, July 22, 2012

Flash Floods Swamp Chinese Capital, Killing 10

A severe rainstorm pounded Beijing Saturday, flooding roads and low-lying buildings, knocking out power in several neighborhoods and killing 10 people, according to state media reports. More than 500 flights were cancelled or delayed at the Beijing airport, stranding tens of thousands after the heaviest rain in 61 years fell on the Chinese capital. By Sunday the waters had largely subsided, the rainfall having scoured the city streets and temporarily clearing out Beijing’s notorious air pollution. But the storm-induced paralysis was a reminder that for all its development, the Chinese capital still suffers from potentially debilitating infrastructure weaknesses.

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