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Beijing on yellow alert for floods, landslides till tomorrow

The city has been warned of high risks of floods and geological disasters in mountainous areas.

world Updated: Jun 22, 2017 10:51 IST
Press Trust of India
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Press Trust of India, Beijing
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A city cleaner sweeps a street after rain flooded a cycling path in Beijing, China, June 13, 2017. (REUTERS)

Beijing was bracing for heavy rains which are expected to last till Friday as a yellow alert was issued to warn the public here of floods and landslides.

Beijing meteorological station issued a yellow alert for rain and storms at 4:40 PM on Wednesday.

China has a four-tier colour-coded system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

The office of Beijing flood control headquarters warned of high risks of floods and geological disasters in mountainous areas. It also warned that low-lying areas may be inundated, state run Xinhua news agency reported late last night.

The office asked people to keep away from rivers, flooded road sections and mountainous regions.

Beijing Drainage Group has checked its flood control facilities and the drainage systems across the city before the rain.

Tongzhou, in the east of the city and in the lower reaches of Beijing’s rivers, is also prepared for the upcoming rainstorm.

The flood control department in Tongzhou has prepared 21 large pumps and organised 19 emergency rescue teams.

Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport has organised an emergency team of more than 3,800 people. To ensure traffic safety, Beijing has increased highway, mountain, bridge and underground passage patrols.

Beijing Bus Group will dispatch more buses, especially on routes linking major railway stations in the city, to help passengers.

Beijing Subway will install water fenders in its stations to prevent rain water from pouring in. The subway stations operated by Beijing MTR also will provide raincoats to passengers, reports the agency.

First Published: Jun 22, 2017 10:51 IST