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Parts of Northern China Forecast to See Heavy Rain Today

July 31, 2012

Parts of northern China were forecast to see heavy downpours today after some regions received more than 10 inches of rain last night, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

The heaviest rainfall today was forecast for parts of Hebei and Liaoning provinces and the municipality of Tianjin, according to the weather agency. Medium to heavy showers were expected in Beijing after almost an inch of rainfall in the Chinese capital last night, it said.

The city of Jincheng in Shanxi province, about 400 miles southwest of Beijing, got 200 millimeters to 264 millimeters (10 inches) of rain from 8 p.m. yesterday to 6 a.m. today local time, according to the agency. Shanxi issued its highest level storm warning this morning, the official Xinhua Agency reported.

Flooding across China has killed more than 100 people this month, with 77 of those deaths in Beijing on July 21 when the heaviest downpour in six decades knocked down homes and caused flooding that submerged cars. Beijing’s city government issued a warning for heavy rains and mudslides yesterday, which it withdrew from its website this morning.

Beijing’s airport had canceled a total of 50 incoming and outgoing flights as of 1 p.m. local time today, according to its website. The city’s traffic bureau issued a statement asking drivers to reduce speed and exercise caution.

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Raymond Liu in Beijing at rliu118@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Liu at jliu42@bloomberg.net


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