Storms disrupt Beijing flights, flash floods warned

Chinese men sit under their umbrellas during a dinner at a restaurant as it rains in Beijing on Wednesday. (EPA photo)

BEIJING - Thunderstorms lashed Beijing on Saturday, disrupting hundreds of flights at one of the world's largest airports, while authorities warned that rain and wind could cause landslides in the area where a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck this week.

Beijing city authorities issued a "yellow" weather alert on Saturday morning, warning that lightning, hail, wind and as much as 70mm of rain would hit the city, potentially causing flash floods in mountainous areas.

Beijing Capital International Airport Co Ltd urged travellers, in a statement on its website, to check for updates on their flights into and out of the city.

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