In the western suburbs of Beijing, China, chaos ensued as relentless rain since the weekend turned roads into raging rivers, leading to the tragic death of at least two individuals and trapping hundreds more. Despite a prior overnight evacuation of tens of thousands from their homes, the downpour wreaked havoc, leaving residents stranded and helpless.

Videos shared by state media showed the extent of the disaster, with numerous roads submerged in the Mentougou district and half-submerged vehicles being pulled along by fast-moving torrents. The remnants of Typhoon Doksuri unleashed record-breaking rainfall upon Beijing, home to nearly 22 million people, resulting in hundreds of flooded roads and dire rescue operations, according to Reuters.

Emergency patrols in Mentougou discovered two bodies in a river, while rescuers worked tirelessly to bring hundreds to safety in various parts of the city. The neighboring city of Tianjin and Hebei province were not spared from the torrential rainfall, affecting an area nearly the size of Britain.

The Hai river basin experienced rising water levels in three of its five rivers, leading to the washing away of some houses into the Yongding river. In Baoding city, nearly 55,000 people were forced to evacuate their homes to escape the floods’ onslaught.

Typhoon Doksuri, one of China’s most potent storms in years, also caused widespread flooding in the southern province of Fujian, displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

The average rainfall in Beijing soared to 176.9 mm (7 inches) between Saturday night and Monday afternoon, with a staggering maximum recorded rainfall of 580.9 mm (23 inches) at a weather station in Mentougou, according to state media reports.

The Beijing observatory issued a red alert, signaling the highest warning for heavy rainfall, and the Beijing Hydrology Station upgraded its flood warning as more rain and river flooding were forecasted.

The incessant rainfall over the weekend shattered daily precipitation records at 14 weather stations in Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, and Shandong provinces. This unprecedented weather event led to the evacuation of over 31,000 people, the halting of work at more than 4,000 construction sites, inspections on nearly 20,000 buildings for damage, and closures of several scenic spots in the city.

The impact on transportation was significant, with both airports in the capital cancelling more than 200 flights and close to 600 flights delayed. Railway authorities took action, sending food supplies such as instant noodles, eggs, ham, and drinking water to train passengers who were stranded overnight.

As of Monday, the torrential rain had affected a staggering 358 roads in Beijing alone. In northern Hebei province, a driver went missing after two trucks fell off a collapsed bridge in Baoding city, and a railway bridge for freight in Shijiazhuang city was washed away in a swollen river.

Though Typhoon Doksuri has started to subside, forecasters warned of the approaching Typhoon Khanun, which is set to strike China’s densely populated coast this week. Authorities fear further damage to crops that have already suffered from Doksuri’s impact.

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