Flight chaos as deadly floods hit Beijing
Published on Jul 23, 2012
Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled at Beijing's Capital International Airport this weekend, as torrential rain lashed the city. On Saturday, an estimated 80,000 people were left stranded at the world’s second busiest airport after more than 500 flights were canceled or severely delayed. The city was soaked by approximately 170mm of rain - the most in more than 60 years. Xinhua reported that a stretch of the main National Highway 109, which connects Beijing with western China, was cut off when rains triggered a landslide on the outskirts of Beijing. Thirsty-seven people are now known to have died in the rains.