Gruesome video captured terrified commuters chest-deep in water gushing from a train as a city subway station in central Henan Province was swept away by the tumultuous flood. More than 500 people were rescued.
“The water hit my chest,” a straphanger wrote on social media. “I was really scared, but the most terrifying thing was not the water, but the decrease in the air supply in the car. “
President Xi Jinping called the flood control situation “very serious” and ordered the authorities to “prioritize the safety of life and property,” CNN reported, citing the news agency. Xinhua State Press.
Images released by the Chinese outlet show passengers trapped inside the flooded subway car, huddled together as the water rises higher as dark floodwaters tumble down the tracks.
Many trapped people have posted desperate appeals for help on social media.
“The water inside the cart hit the chest!” I can’t speak anymore, please help me! wrote a woman, who was called Xiaopei, CNN reported.
“If no rescue arrives in 20 minutes, several hundred of us will lose our lives in the Zhengzhou subway,” she added later. Authorities later confirmed that she was rescued.
A woman was captured in a video posted by the BBC being rescued after being washed away on a street flooded with muddy water and another extract shows children and teachers rescued from a flooded school in Zhengzhou.
Due to the epic deluge, authorities in the city of 12 million people, about 400 miles southwest of Beijing, have cut off bus services, said a Zhengzhou resident named Guo, who passed by. night in his office.
“This is why many people took the subway and the tragedy happened,” Guo told Reuters.
The death toll since the torrential rains started last weekend rose to at least 16 on Wednesday, with four residents reported dead in Gongyi, a town on the banks of the Yellow River like Zhengzhou, according to local reports.
More rain is expected in Henan over the next three days, and the People’s Liberation Army has deployed more than 3,000 troops and personnel to assist with search and rescue.
Rainfall in Zhengzhou over the past three years was only “once every thousand years,” according to local meteorologists.
Scientists told Reuters that the extreme rainfall in China was almost certainly linked to global warming, as in the case of the major floods that ravaged Western Europe. “The common thread here is clearly global warming,” Johnny Chan, professor of atmospheric sciences at the City University of Hong Kong, told the news agency.
“Such extreme weather events are likely to become more frequent in the future. What is needed is for governments (municipal, provincial and national) to develop strategies to adapt to such changes, ”he added.
With post wires