- 09 Aug 23
The flooding, caused by record rainfall in the area, has caused great damage to Beijing's infrastructure.
Record rainfall in Beijing, China has caused 33 confirmed deaths in the area, with 18 people still missing, according to officials.
China's capital has been hit with torrential downpours over the last week, causing massive damage to infrastructure and submerging much of the city's suburbs. Building collapses and flooding contributed to the death toll, which is only expected to rise as the rain continues.
The highest flood warning available has been issued for the area.
Videos taken of the flooding show cars being washed down streets that have been transformed into raging rivers.
WATCH: Shocking footage of flood in China show vehicles being washed away. Highest flooding alert issued for capital Beijing pic.twitter.com/r3mmQikviV
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Northern China has been battling floods for the last month, with Beijing officials stating that at least 147 deaths or disappearances last month were caused by natural disasters.
Zheng Xiaokang, a police officer from the province's Jianxi village, told the state-run Xinhua News Agency about the evacuation. “I still feel scared when I recall the recent flooding. In the face of the persistent downpour and rising river water, the consequences would have been devastating had we not managed to timely evacuate the villagers,” Zheng recounted.
The flooding joins many extreme weather events across the world from the last month, including wildfires as part of a massive European heatwave. Portugal is currently multiple days into fighting a raging wildfire that has caused the displacement of over 1,400 people.