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Sunday, July 22, 2012

2010-2020 - Decade of Extreme Weather? Heaviest rains in 60 years in Beijing, 10 dead

Rescuers and residents stand next to a stranded car which is being pulled up from a flooded street under the Guangqumen overpass amid heavy rainfall in Beijing, July 21, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Rescuers and residents stand next to a stranded car which is being pulled up from a flooded street under the Guangqumen overpass amid heavy rainfall in Beijing, July 21, 2012 (Reuters / Stringer)
Unprecedented rainfall and floods wreaked havoc in Beijing Saturday night, with over three feet of standing water on some streets. The heaviest downpour in the Chinese Capital in 61 years caused numerous disruptions to ground and air traffic. More than 80,000 passengers were stranded overnight at the Beijing Capital International Airport as thunderstorms and rain brought operations to a halt, forcing more than 530 cancellations and 50 delays. Flights resume on Sunday morning as rainfall subsided.

City authorities have confirmed ten deaths so far from the rains and flooding. Some were killed by broken roofs, but a majority suffered fatal electrocution from downed power lines. A fatal lightning strike was also reported. As heavy rainfall continued throughout the night, Beijing authorities evacuated 14,500 residents. Some 7,000 police officers were deployed to direct the high volume of road traffic caused by the flooding. Most of the city’s streets resumed normal traffic patterns by Sunday morning.
The heaviest rainfall was recorded in the Fangshan suburban district, at upwards of 18 inches.
According to data obtained by 20 state meteorological stations in Beijing, the city received over six inches of precipitation, the highest recorded levels since observation began in 1951. Ten additional deaths were reported in other provinces, mostly in mountainous areas where authorities evacuated residents over fears of possible landslides. Heavy rainfall in Sichuan province caused landslides that killed six; four more deaths were reported in the northern Shanxi province when a truck was washed away by river flooding.

Pavement destroyed by flooding in the city of Сhelyabinsk (RIA Novosti). YouTube video courtesy: sviktor1989, Balart89, MCPsiH, Luz170115.07, 14:0417 comments

Submarine summer: More Russian regions drenched in tropical downpours (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Russia is being battered by massive tropic-like downpours in various regions, turning city streets into rivers. The latest disasters hit the city of Chelyabinsk, in the Urals, and the Republic of Chechnya, destroying communications and vehicles.
An aerial view shows flooded residential area after a bank of the Yabegawa river collapsed caused by heavy rains in Yanagawa, Fukuoka prefecture, Kyodo July 14, 2012 (Reuters / Kyodo)14.07, 17:4617 comments

Quarter of a million forced to evacuate as Japan deluge continues (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

The death toll from landslides and floods in Japan has risen to at least 24. Around 260,000 people living in the area have been ordered to evacuate, and 140,000 more were advised to leave their homes on the southwestern island of Kyushu.
Massive flooding in the Krasnodar region in Russia’s south (image from, 13:30112 comments

Over 170 killed as tsunami-like flood hits southern Russia (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

At least 171 people have been killed in a devastating flood in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. It's the worst of its kind in nearly a century, and the death toll continues to rise.
Russian flood
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Heavy showers flood capital of southern Russian republic

The water level in several streets of the city of Vladikavkaz in the Republic of North Ossetia has risen to two meters, with over 40 houses reported up to their windows in water.
Video courtesy Tatyana Mikheeva (, Ivan Kullibin (, 13:151 comment

Extreme street wakeboarding following summer downpour

A Russian wakeboarder making the best of a rainy day and a very wet street with his friends has been caught on camera in St. Petersburg.

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