Typhoon Doksuri is wreaking havoc in East Asia, turning streets into rushing rivers and displacing thousands. Heavy rain and high water levels on rivers in northeastern China have been threatening cities downstream, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. After wreaking havoc in the Philippines and Taiwan, the remnants of Typhoon Doksuri passed through China‘s capital, Beijing, on Monday, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
Hebei province issued alerts for several of its cities on Friday. Thirteen rivers exceeded warning levels in the Haihe River Basin, which includes Beijing, Tianjin, and Shijiazhuang, according to the Xinhua news agency, quoting the Ministry of Water Resources. About 42,000 people were evacuated from areas of Shanxi province to Hebei’s west, it reported, quoting emergency officials.
At least 20 people have been reported killed in Beijing’s outer suburbs, and another 27 were missing.