The death toll from the devastating floods in Beijing, the capital of China, has now risen to 33, with 18 still missing, officials said on Wednesday.
Another 18 individuals are missing after recent Typhoon Doksuri, one of the strongest to hit northern China in the past ten years, caused torrential rain and flooding.
According to officials, nearly 1.3 million people have been affected by the storm and subsequent flooding from days of heavy rain, with the city’s mountainous western suburbs being one of the worst hit places.
According to the local authority, the collapse of 59,000 dwellings, damage to approximately 150,000 more, and flooding of more than 15,000 hectares (37,000 acres) of agriculture resulted from days of heavy rain that severely impacted areas in the city’s mountainous western fringes.
Xia Linmao, a vice mayor of Beijing, stated at a news conference on Wednesday that numerous highways and more than 100 bridges had been destroyed.
Unusually high rainfall continues to threaten most of the country’s north, and Typhoon Doksuri’s effects may also be seen in other parts of China where there has been significant flooding.
Since late July, severe rainstorms have pounded northern China, interrupting millions of people’s livelihoods.
In 1998, China saw its deadliest and most damaging floods in recent history, killing 4,150 people, most located around the Yangtze River.
In 2021, more than 300 people died in flooding when record rainfall overwhelmed Zhengzhou in the capital province of Henan.
When record rainfall overwhelmed Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan’s central region, more than 300 people perished in flooding.