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Rains Kill Nearly 100 in China; Typhoon Slams Hong Kong

HeadlineJul 24, 2012

Drenching rains have swept across China, leaving nearly 100 people dead, including 37 in the capital Beijing. Beijing saw its heaviest rains in six decades over the weekend as floodwaters submerged cars and tens of thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. Some have questioned whether infrastructure gaps left by the city’s rapid modernization compounded the damage. Meanwhile, the strongest typhoon to hit Hong Kong in 13 years has left more than 100 people injured and flooded several areas. Typhoon Vicente reached southern China Tuesday in the form of a tropical storm, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. Some scientists have warned the spate of recent extreme weather events marks a preview of a permanent future under global warming.

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