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Heaviest rain in 6 decades thrashes Beijing

(Xinhua)

13:20, July 22, 2012

A vehicle drives in heavy rain in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. A downpour hit Beijing on Saturday. Heavy rains will sweep China's northern regions and some southern areas over the next three days, the country's weather authority forecasted Saturady. (Xinhua/He Juchang)

中文: 北京遭遇61年来最大暴雨 城区10人死亡

BEIJING - The heaviest rain in 61 years that lashed Beijing Saturday have left at least four people dead and six others injured, local authorities said.

Two people were killed and six others injured as strong winds toppled rooftops in two villages in the city's suburban Tongzhou district, the Beijing Emergency Medical Center said.

The third person, also in Tongzhou, was killed after being struck by lightning. The fourth, head of a police station in suburban Fangshan district died of electric shock from a fallen electric wire in waters while rescuing trapped villagers.

A driver was rushed to hospital after being pulled critically injured out of her car submerged in deep waters under the Guangqumen overpass. Her fate was not immediately known.

Many passersby have joined the efforts to help drag more cars trapped out of the deep waters.

In addition, more than 5,200 residents in several mountainous suburban districts have been relocated to safer places as authorities ordered to brace for potential landslides and flash flood.

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