Flights Cancelled, Schools Closed as Storm Shuts Down Beijing

People wear raincoats as they ride electric scooters during a rainy day in Beijing, on July 12, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Beijing as schools and tourist sites were shut due to torrential downpours and gale-force winds on Monday (July 12).

City authorities issued warnings to residents to stay home as the Chinese capital faced its biggest storm this year.

As much as 100mm of rain is predicted through the day in some areas, and aviation tracker VariFlight recorded some 700 flights cancelled at the city’s two airports.

Singapore Airlines Flight SQ801 from Beijing to Singapore experienced a slight delay, but none of its flights were cancelled. SIA only operates cargo flights to the destination, and Scoot does not fly to Beijing, according to a company statement.

China’s weather authorities warned of “extreme rainstorms” plus thunder and lightning from late Sunday to Monday evening in Beijing and neighbouring areas.

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SOURCE: The Straits Times, AFP

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