Thu, July 26, 2012
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Downpour bypasses Beijing, batters neighbor

2012-07-26 05:29:59 GMT2012-07-26 13:29:59(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Bus and cars wade through a flooded street in Tianjin, north China, July 26, 2012. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Photo/Xinhua)

People push a car in Tianjin, north China, July 26, 2012. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

People wade through a flooded street in Tianjin, north China, July 26, 2012. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Photo taken on July 26, 2012 shows the flooded street in Tianjin, north China. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Photo taken on July 26, 2012 shows the flooded Haihe River in Tianjin, north China. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

Photo taken on July 26, 2012 shows the broken trees in Tianjin, north China. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

A woman takes shelter from the rain beside a pier in Tianjin, north China, July 26, 2012. Heavy rainfall hit the municipality from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

TIANJIN, July 26 (Xinhua) -- A much expected downpour bypassed Beijing Wednesday but battered the neighboring city of Tianjin instead, flooding many downtown streets and drowning vehicles.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the maximum precipitation had exceeded 300 millimeters, Tianjin's meteorological center said in a press release.

It said the city proper received an average rainfall of 147 mm, while the outer Xiqing district, one of the worst-battered areas, received 309.8 mm.

The local fire prevention bureau sent 190 fire engines and 1,140 rescuers to help rescue the flood stranded vehicles and pedestrians.

The rain had largely stopped by midday, but the center issued another orange alarm at 11:10 a.m., warning citizens of further rainstorm.

The downpour has paralyzed traffic in downtown Tianjin, drowning many roads. Dozens of vehicles were stranded on Baidi road in Nankai district after their engines died in the flood.

Many pedestrians complained they had to trek in knee-deep water. In some sections of the Xianyang Street, flood water was waist deep.

The rain disrupted air traffic at Tianjin's airport, where most flights were delayed. Railway transportation, however, was largely unaffected, including the express rail link to Beijing, the city's railway authorities confirmed.

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