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07.23.2012 18:57

Opinion: No Excuse for Response to Beijing Storm

The government says the recent heavy rainfall was 'unprecedented,' but in fact the same thing happened last year
By Huang Chenfeng

The rainstorm on July 21 has earned Beijing a new nickname from Net users to go along with the well-known "traffic capital" title. People are now calling it the "flood capital."

Official reports say 600,000 people suffered property losses and estimated economic losses were put at ten billion yuan. By 2 p.m. on July 22, total precipitation reached 164 millimeters, a record since Beijing started monitoring in 1951.

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