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Thousands abandon their homes as a result of deadly Beijing is drenched by Typhoon Doksuri, and a second typhoon is approaching China.

As forecasts warned of another hurricane-level storm on the horizon, tens of thousands of Beijing residents evacuated their houses as Typhoon Doksuri, one of the fiercest storms in years, dumped torrential rain throughout China, killing at least four people.

Extreme weather this summer has left a path of destruction around the globe, and China is no exception. This year has broken records for global temperatures, ocean heat, and the loss of sea ice, while heat waves have seared China sooner than usual.

Doksuri slammed into the southeastern coastal province of Fujian late last week and has been dumping heavy rain to at least five northern Chinese provinces since Saturday, although weakening as it carved its way north.

According to state media outlet CCTV, more than 31,000 individuals had left the Chinese capital by Sunday night. According to Xinhua, another half a million people in Fujian have been evacuated due to flooding.

On Monday, Xinhua reported two deaths in Beijing as a result of the storm, while CCTV reported two more deaths in the province of Liaoning in the country’s northeast.

On Monday, the China Meteorological Administration predicted that the southwestern regions of Beijing and the neighboring Hebei province will receive upwards of 40 inches of rain.

Threats of severe flooding and landslides are predicted to increase as heavy downpours are forecast to persist through Tuesday.

On Monday, the weather signal was dropped to the second-highest level in most areas of the country, but remained at the highest level in nine districts of Beijing. There were at least 95 other weather warnings issued.

Schools were shuttered and residents were urged to stay indoors as heavy rains forced the suspension of numerous trains and roadways in the capital.

According to Weather, based on early evidence, Doksuri is the biggest storm to hit Fujian since Typhoon Saomi in 2006. Rita, the 1972 storm, was the closest and most powerful to pass near Beijing.

At least 39 persons were killed in the Philippines and southern Taiwan before the storm made landfall in Fujian.

Xinhua claimed that the rains had caused direct economic losses of about $60 million (or 428 million yuan) by flooding significant areas of agriculture and homes in Fujian. The official media said that over 6,333 hectares of agriculture in Fujian had been damaged and over 151 hectares had experienced complete crop failure.

Moreover, hope for improvement is slim at best. While Doksuri winds down, authorities in China are getting ready for Khanun, the sixth typhoon expected to batter the country this year.

The eastern Zhejiang province is bracing for storm tides from Monday through Thursday as Typhoon Khanun approaches, according to Xinhua, and local authorities activated the lowest of four emergency reaction levels on Monday.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has elevated Khanun in the Pacific to a Category 3 typhoon as it strengthens. In the following two days, it is expected to approach the Okinawa islands off the southern coast of Japan and start its lethargic crawl through the East China Sea.

From Monday through Wednesday, almost 200 domestic flights to and from the islands of Naha, Miyako, and Ishigaki in Okinawa were canceled, affecting around 30,000 passengers.

Asia’s extreme climate

Asia, the planet’s largest and most populous continent, is facing the devastating consequences of its summer weather as countries suffer through record-breaking heatwaves and monsoon downpours.

The Korean peninsula is experiencing devastating heat waves while most of northeastern China is flooded.

According to data provided on Sunday by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), at least 10 people have died from heat-related ailments as South Korea swelters under a heat wave that has brought its highest temperatures so far this year to sections of the country.

At least 41 people were killed by landslides and flash floods caused by recent heavy rain in South Korea. Among these were at least 13 persons who drowned when their cars became stranded in a flooded underpass.

There were 1,015 cases of heat-related illnesses throughout the course of the weekend. These illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, syncope, and edema, as defined by the KDCA.

More than a quarter of the people who were uncomfortable in the heat were aged 65 and up, and another 20 percent were in their 50s and 60s.

Over a third of the instances were reported by those doing outside labor, and about fourteen percent were on farms.

Heat wave warnings have been in effect for the majority of the country since late July, and this weekend’s highs reached between 33 and 39 degrees Celsius (about 91 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit).

A handful of cities saw their warmest day of the year on Saturday. According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, Gyeongju reached 36.8 degrees Celsius (98.24 degrees Fahrenheit) while Jeongseon county reached 36.1 degrees Celsius (96.98 degrees Fahrenheit) in temperature.

Temperatures reached 35.7 degrees Celsius (about 96.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in Seoul’s upscale Gangnam area, while in North Gyeongsang Province they reached 38.1 degrees Celsius (approximately 100.58 degrees Fahrenheit).

On Monday, a heat wave warning remains in effect, meaning that the highest forecast temperature will be 35 degrees Celsius or more for at least the next two days.

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