Chinese metro flooded, people swept up to their necks in water
At least 25 people have died in devastating flooding in China, after central Henan Province experienced what forecasters say was its heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years.
The deaths occurred in the region’s capital, Zhengzhou, where 100,000 people have now been evacuated from their homes.
The city experienced nearly a year of rain between Saturday night and Tuesday night, with 617.1mm falling over the three-day period, not far from the annual average of 640.8mm.
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in the Yellow River basin, which meant that dozens of towns were flooded.
Images from Zhengzhou show residents wading through the streets near half-submerged vehicles, while alarming images on social media show commuters on a subway chest-deep in water on Tuesday.
Speaking on Wednesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping admitted the situation was difficult. “The flood prevention efforts have become very difficult,” he told state television.
High level of emergency response
Chinese authorities raised emergency flood response to level two, second highest level, government says People’s Daily journal.
The Ministry of Emergency Management has dispatched a task force to affected areas in Henan to help local authorities with disaster relief, he said.
Jane DaltonJuly 21, 2021 12:53 PM
Solidarity with Zhengzhou
Here is a tweet from the Chinese Ambassador to Austria on the situation in his home country:
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 12:21
Woman rescued in dramatic rescue
Watch: Woman pulled out of raging flood in China by rope in spectacular rescue
Shocking footage shows the moment a woman was narrowly rescued from dangerous floodwaters in Zhengzhou, China. The woman can be seen clinging to a rope held by several men as the raging torrent engulfs her. She disappears underwater but manages to hold on and is towed to calmer waters. The video also shows a sinkhole with water gushing out. As chunks of the road collapse around, several people are sucked into the deep hole. – Torrential rains left at least 12 dead and 100,000 evacuated in the capital of Henan province (central China).
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 12:10
Floods in pictures
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 12:00
Video: People stranded in flooding rescued by canoe
Pictures show people rescued from flooding by a canoe:
Watch: People stranded in deadly floods in China rescued by canoe
Frightening footage shows floodwaters gushing at subway stations, trapping train passengers in chest-high water and submerging the streets. Rescuers transport stranded people to safety in canoes and try to free vehicles from the roads that have turned into torrents. Massive flooding caused by record rainfall has left at least 12 dead and 100,000 evacuated from their homes in Zhengzhou, the capital of central China’s Henan Province. Some meteorologists estimate the city’s rain to have been the worst in 1,000 years, Reuters news agency reported.
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 11:40 AM
The death toll rises to 25
The death toll in the floods in central China has risen to 25, provincial officials have confirmed.
They added that seven other people were reported missing.
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 11:27
Death toll rises to 18, report says
A total of 18 people have died and another 200,000 people have been displaced by flooding in central China, according to the South China Morning Post.
The news comes as the rain continues to fall in the besieged province of Henan.
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 11:10
Aluminum factory explodes after flood
An aluminum alloy plant in the Chinese city of Dengfeng exploded on Tuesday after being submerged in flood water.
Local authorities said the explosion occurred after the water spread in a high-temperature solution.
“I heard a loud explosion while I was still in bed this morning. It shook my windows and gave me a huge fright. I thought it couldn’t be thunder, ”said a local residentThe Beijing News.
Peony Hirwani has more details:
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 10:53 AM
More shocking images from Zhengzhou
Most of the 12 confirmed deaths in Zhengzhou occurred at submerged underground stations, it was reported.
Katrina Yu of Al Jazeera tweeted this earlier today:
Rory SullivanJuly 21, 2021 10:36 AM
Hospital rushes to relocate critically ill patients after power outage
A Zhengzhou hospital is rushing to rehouse 600 critically ill patients after losing all power on Wednesday due to flooding, according to the People’s Daily.
The first affiliated hospital, the affected establishment, has more than 7,000 beds.
Rain will continue to fall in Henan Province over the next three days, with heavy rainfall expected on Wednesday.