Floods in central China have killed 25 people

Floods in China

Following unprecedented heavy rains in recent years in the area, at least 25 deaths were reported, including 12 who were caught in a submerged tunnel in Zhengzhou, the capital of central China's Henan province. Passengers were stuck in chest-deep floodwaters on a railway in the dark on a subway line in Zhengzhou, a city with a population of around 12 million. 

Photos and videos circulating on social media demonstrate passengers stranded in chest-deep floodwaters on a train in the dark on a subway line in Zhengzhou, a city with a population of around 12 million Over than 500 individuals were relocated from the subway system late Tuesday night, and the rain forced approximately 200,000 people to migrate around the city.

The province has been designated with the highest degree of emergency alert President Xi Jinping directed the Those's Liberation Army (PLA) to be dispatched to evacuate people trapped in flooded subways, hotels, and public spaces on Wednesday. 3,000 PLA soldiers have been sent to assist city officials with flood control and displacement“From 8pm on July 17 to 8pm on Tuesday [July 20], total precipitation of 617.1mm was recorded in Zhengzhou, close to the city’s average annual precipitation of 640.8mm, said the city’s meteorological bureau,” Xinhua news agency reported.The regional capital of Zhengzhou, which is located on the banks of the Yellow River, was concerned that a dam might fail, creating a new risk of flooding.

 

The floods in the central province, according to local media, caused considerable disintegration of homes and infrastructure. On Tuesday, between 4 and 5 p.m., the city received 201.9 mm of rain, a new record for the Chinese mainland.“For four consecutive days starting on July 17, torrential rains have battered the central and western areas of Henan province and are expected to continue until Wednesday night,” Zhang Ning, chief forecaster of the provincial meteorological observatory, told Xinhua.

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