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UPDATED: July 27, 2012
Beijing on Alert for More Rainstorms


Despite China's weather authorities withdrawing a recent rainstorm alert for Beijing, the city is still preparing for downpours that are expected to hit in the coming days. The capital has already dispatched 18 drainage teams to combat traffic jams caused by water collecting under bridges.

Fighting the floods for 24 consecutive hours. Now, it's back into the fray.

Wang Changxing is the captain of the Beijing Drainage Group. He's one of 400 emergency workers deployed after the most serious rainstorm in 61 years hit Beijing on July 21.

Despite lack of sleep from the long hours of work, he's not ready to go home yet. "We need to stand by for maybe another 24 hours until the rain stops," he said.

Wang is not fighting alone. Shilihe is an area where water has been accumulating rapidly. A rescue team has been standing by since 12 a.m.

Fei Yongsheng, Beijing Drainage Group, said, "We have made plans for each viaduct. If the water rises to about 40 or 50 cm, we will immediately assemble our equipment, and start pumping water from the low-lying parts under the viaduct."

The heavy rain is also causing disruptions at airports. Beijing Capital International Airport has made contingency plans to make sure travellers can make their way home.

Kong Yue, chief inspector of Beijing Capital International Airport, said, "Firstly, we have sixty extra buses. Secondly, Beijing Taxi Management team has allocated 600 taxis to the airport. Thirdly, the railway department is ready to postpone the time of last train."

According to China's weather authorities, more rain is expected in Beijing in coming days. All departments are getting ready to deal with the downpour.

(CNTV.cn July 26, 2012)

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