Downpour cancels flights, shuts subways in Beijing
A flooded stairway at a subway station in central Beijing on Thursday. (REUTERS/China Daily)
BEIJING - Parts of Beijing have been flooded by torrential rain, and airport officials say the downpour forced the cancellation of 150 flights.
Water poured into underground crossings and subway stations and submerged cars in low-lying areas Thursday afternoon. Some parts of the city received 2 inches (50 millimeters) of rain in just a few hours, sending crowds scrambling for whatever shelter they could find.
Flooded roadways snarled traffic and some subway stations were temporarily closed.
Beijing has a generally dry climate, although summer storms can be violent.
Catastrophic flooding this year in central and eastern China has left at least 175 dead and 86 missing and causing 35 billion yuan ($5 billion) in direct economic losses.
--The Associated Press
Torrential rains in parts of central and southern China, including Beijing, have ended a drought in many areas, but now threaten the Yangtze River basin and nearby provinces with floods and mudslides that have killed at least 105 people. (REUTERS/David Gray)
Vehicles drive along a submerged road in Beijing on Thursday (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
A submerged road in Beijing. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)