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Storm Exposes Gaps in Beijing's Emergency Response Mechanisms

Communication and information relay at all levels was subpar, despite Beijing's four-level city, district, township, and village emergency response system.

The flood control office in Fangshan did not realize the seriousness of the disaster until well after the storm began. Precipitation in Fangshan had already reached 100 mm when Beijing's rainstorm warning level was still orange. The district altogether received a record 460 mm of rainfall. Alerted to the seriousness of the situation, local authorities raised the warning to the highest level of red and sent out a notification to the entire district.

Issue 328
Print:2012-07-30
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