At least 37 people are thought to have died in widespread flooding in Beijing over the weekend, the Global Times reports.
Officially the flooding is being blamed on the worst rains to hit Beijing in 50 years (another amazing, yet perhaps suspect figure says that the rain was the worst to hit the Fangshan district of Beijing in 500 years).
Citizens of Beijing aren’t just blaming the weather however, and are instead using microblog services to criticise the city’s underdeveloped sewer system.
Bill Bishop of the Sinoism blog suspects that the official number of 37 may be low, given the destruction seen in Fangshan district the video below from CCTV:
“Fangshan is a stark reminder of the close proximity of the first and third worlds in China, and given the topology, the deforestation and the poor infrastructure in parts of Fangshan things could really be quite bad there.”
The footage also shows a 1 km long flooded stretch of the Jinggang highway completely submerged, with some reports that up to 100 cars may be in the water.
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