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Death toll from Beijing downpours rises to 37

(Xinhua)

08:13, July 23, 2012

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from Saturday's torrential rains has climbed to 37 as more bodies were retrieved, the Beijing municipal government said Sunday night.

Among the victims, 25 were drowned, six were killed in house collapses, one by lightening strike and five were electrocuted, according to the Information Office of the municipal government.

Twenty-two of the bodies have been identified, it added.

The heaviest rain in six decades lashed the Chinese capital on Saturday, with the average precipitation reaching 170 mm while a township in the suburban district of Fangshan recording 460 mm of rain.

The downpours have submerged some power supply facilities and led to blackouts in parts of the city.

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