Within Beijing proper on Saturday, Guangqumen Bridge on southeast Second Ring Road was among the most affected by the rain, and resulted in one of the earliest reported deaths. (Incidentally, Guangqumen is about a kilometer and a half from Shuangjing Bridge, where some foreigners were having a good time, surely unaware of the trouble that was just down the street.) In this video, you see rescuers attempt to get to a submerged car at around 10 pm. Eventually, according to the description, the car’s windows were smashed in because the doors were jammed, and a 34-year-old Jiangsu man was pulled out and taken away in an ambulance. He was confirmed dead at Beijing Hospital.
Five vehicles were submerged and three were pulled out. A rescuer surnamed Cui said that the water depth was at least three meters. Youku video for those in China after the jump.