Au­thor­i­ties warn of floods, land­slides

New Straits Times - - World -

BEIJING in some parts of the cap­i­tal, but nine roads were still flooded and 171 tourist sites were shut.

At Beijing In­ter­na­tional, more than 1,600 flights were listed as can­celled since mid­night and over 300 were de­layed, the web­site of Beijing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port Co Ltd showed.

Air China Ltd said on so­cial me­dia that about 225 of its flights in and out of the cap­i­tal had been can­celled by 4pm.

Tor­ren­tial rain­storms are fre­quent here in the sum­mer months, of­ten caus­ing long de­lays at the air­port.

One user of China’s Twit­ter­like Weibo said she had been stuck at the air­port for eight hours wait­ing for a flight home.

“There are no free seats, I’m hav­ing to sit on the floor, I’m jet­lagged and I’m re­ally tired,” said the user, who goes by the han­dle “Vivian not soymilk”.

Other air­ports af­fected by the down­pours in­cluded Shang­hai, Nan­jing in Jiangsu prov­ince, Hangzhou in Zhe­jiang along the Yangtze River delta.

The oth­ers were in north­ern re­gions: Shi­ji­azhuang in He­bei, Taiyuan in Shanxi, Lanzhou in Gansu, Xin­ing in Qing­hai and Yinchuan in Ningxia.

In a state­ment, China’s Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­tre cau­tioned res­cue crews work­ing in Ji­uzhaigou, in the south­west­ern prov­ince of Sichuan, to be on alert for land­slides and light­ning.

The ex­treme weather followed a tor­nado that struck In­ner Mon­go­lia on Fri­day, killing five peo­ple, in­jur­ing more than 50 peo­ple and de­stroy­ing homes in a major city. Reuters

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