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Beijing experienced its heaviest rainfall in at least 140 years

2023-08-02T05:33:28.728Z

Highlights: Beijing has seen its heaviest rainfall in at least 140 years in recent days. Typhoon Doksuri, downgraded to a storm, has been sweeping China from southeast to north since Friday. Heavy rains that hit Beijing and neighboring northern China's Hebei province left at least 20 people dead and 19 missing in total. China is experiencing extreme weather and record temperatures this summer, events that scientists say are being exacerbated by climate change.                «The maximum value of rainfall recorded between Saturday night and Wednesday morning at a station in the city was 744.8 millimeters.


Typhoon Doksuri, downgraded to a storm, has been sweeping China from southeast to north since Friday. At least 20 dead and 19 missing in total, according to state media.


The Chinese capital Beijing, hit by deadly floods, has seen its heaviest rainfall in at least 140 years in recent days, when records began, the weather service said Wednesday.

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The maximum value of rainfall recorded between Saturday night and Wednesday morning at a station in the city was 744.8 millimeters and it is the "heaviest rainfall in 140 years," according to the Beijing Meteorological Service. Accurate surveys began in 1883. "The previous record (...) before the current rainy episode" had been established in 1891 with 609 millimeters, he said.

Heavy rains that hit Beijing and neighboring northern China's Hebei province left at least 20 people dead and 19 missing in total, according to state media, as flooding submerged roads and cut off communication routes. Typhoon Doksuri, downgraded to a storm, has been sweeping China from southeast to north since Friday, when it hit east China's Fujian province after hitting neighboring the Philippines.

Torrential rains had begun to fall on the greater Beijing area on Saturday. In just 40 hours, the Chinese capital had seen the equivalent of the average rainfall of an entire month of July. Heavy rains in the capital itself killed at least 11 people, including a firefighter who was taking part in rescue operations, state broadcaster CCTV said.

In neighboring Hebei, bad weather left at least nine dead and six missing, according to the same source. China is experiencing extreme weather and record temperatures this summer, events that scientists say are being exacerbated by climate change.

Source: lefigaro

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