“I May Not Be able to Get Out” – .

“I May Not Be able to Get Out” – .

HONG KONG — As floodwaters hit a subway train stranded under the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Pure Li hastily typed farewell messages to a close friend on her smartphone. “I may not be able to get out,” she wrote.
The 26-year-old engineer was one of more than 500 passengers trapped during the evening rush hour on Tuesday as torrential rains hit central Henan Province. A dozen people would not make it out alive, authorities said, and at least two were still missing as of Saturday morning.
Desperate images of commuters surrounded by bubbling water went viral on Chinese social media this week, hitting a nerve in a country that has dramatically expanded its metro networks and suffered a series of serious underground flooding incidents that have triggered security alarms.
China’s transportation ministry on Thursday ordered metro systems across the country to review and improve contingency plans for extreme weather conditions. Authorities in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, and Zhengzhou Metro Group, the state-owned metro company, did not respond to requests for comment.
As rain fell in Zhengzhou on Tuesday, turning roads into fast-flowing rivers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, according to state media, water began to pool in a rail yard, said. the metro company said in a statement. It then went through a wall and flowed into a tunnel.


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