Thousands evacuated as heavy rain lashes China

Heavy rains forced people to evacuate from vulnerable areas in China’s Beijing, as well as another northern city.

Cyclone ‘Doksuri’ had been sweeping across northern China since Friday. It entered the southern Fujian province after hitting the Philippines as a typhoon, according to media reports.

Officials have warned of possible dangerous situations such as floods, landslides, overflowing rivers, and mudslides due to the heavy rains in Beijing and its surrounding areas.

The Chinay’s state media said around 27,000 people were evacuated from high-risk areas in Beijing and about 20,000 from Shijiazhuang, the capital of neighboring Hebei province.

Meanwhile, millions of people in northern China, including Beijing, are on red alert. Heavy rain is expected till at least Monday evening.

On Sunday, Beijing residents were advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.

According to local news media, this is the first such maximum alert issued since 2011.

It is to be noted that since the heavy floods of 2021 in the country, the authorities have been cautious about heavy rains. Over three hundred people died in that flood in central China.

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