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Heaviest rains in 60 years in Beijing, 10 dead


Unprecedented rainfall and floods wreaked havoc in Beijing Saturday night, with over three feet of standing water on some streets. The heaviest downpour in the Chinese Capital in 61 years caused numerous disruptions to ground and air traffic.

­More than 80,000 passengers were stranded overnight at the Beijing Capital International Airport as thunderstorms and rain brought operations to a halt, forcing more than 530 cancellations and 50 delays. Flights resume on Sunday morning as rainfall subsided.

City authorities have confirmed ten deaths so far from the rains and flooding. Some were killed by broken roofs, but a majority suffered fatal electrocution from downed power lines. A fatal lightning strike was also reported.

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