China under water: 1.5 million people affected by Typhoon Doksuri, thousands of Beijing residents evacuated (3 photos + 4 videos)

2 August 2023

The storm that brought Typhoon Doksuri to China forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and caused widespread flooding and evacuations in Fujian province and Beijing. This is the strongest storm to hit the country in recent years. And weather forecasters warned that another disaster was coming.

China under water: 1.5 million people affected by Typhoon Doksuri, thousands of Beijing residents evacuated (3 photos + 4 videos)

China is suffering from abnormal weather. After the tropical heat, Typhoon Doksuri arrived in the country.

Beijing and Hebei province remain on high alert due to the heavy rains it brought to the region, Xinhua reported on July 31. 54,890 people were evacuated from the city of Baoding, Hebei province, and 31,000 people from Beijing, the Guardian reports, citing CCTV.

Typhoon Doksuri destroyed 90 houses and damaged another 346. Wind gusts reached 175 km/h. Residents of China post videos taken on their phone cameras on social networks:

Cars on the streets were flooded to the roof, water rushed into the Beijing metro and stopped public transport in the city.

Heavy downpours have led to the temporary closure of several railways and highways in the capital, schools are closed and people are ordered to stay at home.

In Beijing, meteorologists issued a red alert for heavy rain starting at 10 a.m. Monday and continuing until 8 a.m. Tuesday. Authorities are warning of possible river overflows, floods and landslides.

Doksuri is the most powerful typhoon to make landfall in China and the strongest storm to hit Fujian since Typhoon Saomi in 2006, CNN Weather reported, based on preliminary information. The closest and most powerful storm that passed near Beijing was Hurricane Rita back in 1972.

The natural disaster will cost the country approximately $430 million.

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