The deadliest downpour to hit Beijing in 61 years has killed 37 people so far, according to latest figures released by the city government. The torrential storm wreaked havoc in the capital Saturday, with floods cutting off roads and causing traffic chaos.
Of the 37 people confirmed dead as of Sunday 5pm, 25 died from drowning, six from collapsing houses, and five from electrocution. Another person was killed after being struck by lightning.
The suburban Fangshan district was hit heaviest by the storm, and soaked under a record-breaking 460mm of rainfall. Rescue workers managed to reach approximately 400 students and teachers trapped at a military training site in the district by a flash flood and another 40 villagers trapped by a flooded river.
Elsewhere in other outlying counties, thousands of villagers have been relocated to safer ground as warnings for potential mudslides and floods were sounded out.
The Ministry of Finance has allocated 120 million yuan for flood relief in Beijing as well as neighbouring Tianjin and Hebei which have also been hit hard by the storm.
1.9 million Beijing residents are estimated to be affected by the downpour which has caused 10 billion yuan in direct economic losses.