As storms continue to sweep across China, Beijing’s Yanqing County was pounded by heavy rainfall accompanied by strong winds and large hail on the evening of July 16th, Xinhua News reported today.
The capital saw golf ball-sized hail stones that spared no mercy for car windshields left dented and shattered in the storm’s path.
At least 18 cars were left abandoned in two-meter-high water that flooded under a railway bridge. According to The Nanfang, the drivers said when they couldn’t drive through the standing water, they simply stopped and left their cars. Twenty minutes later, the entire underpass was flooded.
Citizens who recalled the nightmare that was 2012’s deadly storms in the city criticized the government for not learning anything from the tragic day that left over 30 people dead. The floods caused by the rainstorm have repeatedly occurred in major Chinese cities and last night’s rainstorm has started a new round of skepticism online about the quality of the urban infrastructure.
By Daniel Zhang
[Images via Xinhua & NetEase]
Editor’s note: An earlier version of the article suggested that Beijing has had 16 evenings of rainfall. This has been corrected.