July 24, 2012: The heaviest rainstorm to hit Beijing in six decades started on Saturday afternoon, July 21, and continued until Sunday morning when blue skies returned. The inundation left at least 37 people dead. Torrents of water streamed into homes and car parks during the deluge. The disaster provoked many to question whether the city infrastructure was equipped to handle flooding.
ANALYSIS: Did Beijing Build Too Fast?
In this photo, members of China's paramilitary troop evacuate flood-affected residents in Baisha Township, Jiangjin District, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, on July 23. In Jiangjin District, situated upstream from the city proper of Chongqing along the Yangtze River, more than 40,000 residents have been evacuated. In all, the flood has affected some 300,000 residents within Chongqing's periphery.