500 flights cancelled, delayed due to rain in Beijing

Updated: 2012-07-21 21:34


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BEIJING - Torrential rains in the Chinese capital led to the cancellation of 229 domestic flights at the Beijing Capital International Airport as of 6:30 pm Saturday, sources with the Beijing Capital International Airport said.

Meanwhile, 246 domestic flights were delayed due to the torrential rains that began thrashing most parts of the city Saturday morning.

A total of 14 international flights were also canceled with 26 others delayed due the heavy rains, according to the airport.

China's top meteorological authority said that rainstorms in Beijing are expected to continue into Sunday night.

The sources said the Beijing airport has launched an emergency response to the massive flight cancellations and delays due to the rains, and is taking multiple measures to mitigate the impact.