Kolkata, India: Hundreds of flights were canceled in Beijing on Monday, as schools and tourist attractions were closed due to torrential rain and gale-force winds.
Residents were advised to stay at home as the Chinese capital was hit by its worst storm of the year.
Rainfall of up to 100 mm is expected in some locations throughout the day, and aviation tracker VariFlight reported 700 flights canceled at the city’s two airports.
From late Sunday through Monday evening, weather officials in Beijing and surrounding areas warned of “severe rainstorms” as well as thunder and lightning.
A landslide was captured on camera in one of the city’s northern neighborhoods, with footage from official broadcaster CCTV showing a road blocked by fallen rocks. According to state television, heavy rain was hampering efforts to clear the route.
Because the city’s kindergartens, primary, and secondary schools were closed on Monday, children stayed at home.
Popular tourist destinations, including a section of the Great Wall, were also closed, while rural homestays were suspended in certain districts.
According to state media, some of Beijing’s automatic driving trains will be operated manually instead.
Rainstorms also affected Tianjin, where official television showed electric scooters navigating flooded streets and dark skies lighted up by regular lightning strikes.
Floods have been predicted in 14 rivers, including tributaries in Sichuan and Shaanxi, according to weather forecasters.
During China’s rainy season, floods are typical, with greater water levels in August of last year wiping away highways and displacing tens of thousands of people.
However, the hazard has grown over time, owing in part to the extensive construction of dams and levees that have severed linkages between the river and nearby lakes and floodplains, which had previously helped absorb the summer surge.