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10 dead, 30,000 evacuated in Beijing downpour

2012-07-22 03:37:39 GMT2012-07-22 11:37:39(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Firefighters pull a submerged car near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)

A car moves on the rain-inundated road in the Daxing District of Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. The heaviest rain in 61 years that lashed Beijing Saturday have left at least four people dead and six others injured. (Xinhua/Li Xin)

Three men push a submerged car under a viaduct near the Beijing West Railway Station in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. A downpour hit the city on Saturday. Local meteorologic authority has issued the first orange alarm against rainstorm since 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The heavy rains caused severe waterlogging under several viaducts. (Xinhua/Li Wen)

Firefighters pull a submerged car near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. Beijing received 117 mm of precipitation on average as of 8 p.m., with a township in the suburban Mentougou district hit by the largest of 345 mm, according to the Beijing Meteorological Bureau. The agency issued its first orange rainstorm alert warning since 2005 Saturday evening as the rain is forecast to last over 20 hours till Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)

Firefighters prepare to search submerged cars near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. Beijing received 117 mm of precipitation on average as of 8 p.m., with a township in the suburban Mentougou district hit by the largest of 345 mm, according to the Beijing Meteorological Bureau. The agency issued its first orange rainstorm alert warning since 2005 Saturday evening as the rain is forecast to last over 20 hours till Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)

Firefighters and volunteers transfer trapped passengers of a double-decker bus in the waterlogged road near Lianhua Bridge in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. A downpour hit the city on Saturday. Local meteorologic authority has issued the first orange alarm against rainstorm since 2005 at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. (Xinhua/Wan Xiang)

Firefighters pull a submerged car near Guangqumen Bridge in Beijing, capital of China, July 21, 2012. Beijing received 117 mm of precipitation on average as of 8 p.m., with a township in the suburban Mentougou district hit by the largest of 345 mm, according to the Beijing Meteorological Bureau. The agency issued its first orange rainstorm alert warning since 2005 Saturday evening as the rain is forecast to last over 20 hours till Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Li Fangyu)

BEIJING, July 22 (Xinhua) -- The heaviest rain in six decades in the Chinese capital has left 10 people dead, Beijing authorities said Sunday.

As of 4 a.m. Sunday, more than 30,000 residents in districts of Fangshan, Huairou, Mentougou and Pinggu as well as Miyun and Yanqing counties were relocated, the city's floods control headquarters said at 9 a.m.

In Fangshan, where the maximum precipitation reached 460 mm in Hebei Township as of 6 a.m., road traffic in 12 townships was disrupted. Mobile telecommunication services and Internet access were cut off in six townships, the headquarters said.

Train services between Beijing and Guangzhou were suspended as the railway line section at Nangangwa, Fengtai District, was soaked in water, the headquarters said.

More than 12,000 people worked for draining 1 million cubic meters of water from streets. Most puddles in the city were cleared by 6 a.m.

As of 6 a.m., citywide people suffered an average precipitation of 170 mm.

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Downpour hits Beijing on Saturday

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