At least 10 dead in floods near Beijing: Officials

AFP , Saturday 5 Aug 2023

At least 10 people were killed in floods in a city in Hebei province, officials said Saturday, in torrential rains that have battered northern China.

A resident dries out her belongings after floods sweep through a village on the outskirts of Beijing
A resident dries out her belongings after floods sweep through a village on the outskirts of Beijing, Friday, Aug. 4, 2023. AP

 

Officials announced the provisional toll for Baoding, one of the province's worst-hit cities, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Beijing.

By noon on Saturday (0400 GMT), more than 600,000 people in the city had been evacuated from areas deemed to be at risk, according to the mayor's office.

China has been hit hard by extreme weather in recent months, from record-breaking heatwaves to deadly rain.

Natural disasters caused 147 deaths or disappearances last month, China said Friday, after the heaviest rains since records began hit the country's capital.

Torrential rain brought on in the aftermath of Storm Doksuri, which hit mainland China as a typhoon last Friday before veering northwards, is the most severe recorded in 140 years, when records began.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management said that 142 of the deaths or disappearances recorded in July were caused by flooding or geological disasters.

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