China floods: Trapped in subways as city sees more rain in an hour than flood-hit Germany in three days | world News

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China floods: Trapped in subways as city sees more rain in an hour than flood-hit Germany in three days | world News

People were trapped in underground cars and carriages after torrential rains caused widespread damage in central China.

More than 200 mm of rain fell on Zhengzhou, Henan Province, in one hour on Tuesday. at recent European floods, the areas most affected by Germany Saw 182 mm over three days.

So far, there have been no confirmed deaths or infections among the state’s 94 million residents — although 10,000 people have been evacuated.

Sky News Asia reporter Tom Cheshire tweeted: “Very painful scenes in Zhengzhou at the moment with severe flooding. People trapped in subways – some rescued but other videos seem to show dead bodies.”

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Flooded trains and subway stations were seen

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Cars float on a flooded road in China

Pictures and videos from the area showed torrents of water pouring into the streets, as rescuers worked to evacuate trapped people.

Social media posts showed passengers trapped in deep flood waters in the middle of the subway.

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Rescue a woman from raging flood waters

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, has a population of more than 10 million and is located on the bank of the Yellow River – one of the ChinaThe largest waterways.

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Passengers trapped in a subway train

Power went out to some parts of the city, and Wang Guirong, a 56-year-old restaurant manager, said she plans to sleep on the sofa in her restaurant.

“I have lived in Zhengzhou all my life and have never seen such a heavy rainstorm as today,” she said.

Heavy rain causes waterlogging in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, July 20, 2021 (Imaginechina via AP Images)
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Heavy rainfall caused waterlogging in Zhengzhou. Pic: AP

Storms in the area have been going on since the weekend, amid an unusually rainy season.

Trains were suspended, while highways were closed and flights were delayed or suspended.

Other cities in Henan – including Ruozhou – were devastated by water.

A person walks in the waterlogging area caused by a rainstorm in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, July 20, 2021 (Imaginechina via AP Images)
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Someone walking in flood waters. Pic: AP
Debris of a collapsed wall caused by heavy rainstorms wrecks 7 cars in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, July 20, 2021 (Imaginechina via AP Images)
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The rainstorm had already caused a great deal of damage. Pic: AP

Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, famous for its martial arts, had to close due to bad weather.

An aluminum factory in the city exploded after water flowed into the facility.

The Longmen Grottoes – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses a Buddha carved into limestone dating back to AD 500 – are also threatened by flooding.

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A driver surrounded by flood water

People ride in the waterlogging caused by a rainstorm in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, July 20, 2021 (Imaginechina via AP Images)
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Zhengzhou has a population of more than 10 million. Pic: AP

More than 30 reservoirs in Henan have exceeded their warning levels.

From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 meteorological stations in Henan experienced rainfall in excess of 50 mm, of which 1,614 had levels above 100 mm and 151 above 250 mm.

Floods are not uncommon in China during the rainy season, but the expansion of cities and the conversion of farmland into housing has brought more people closer to danger.

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The state-controlled Xinhua News Agency reported that the situation had been moved to the third level of a level four flood emergency.

China has four flood levels, the most dangerous of which is the first level.

Forecasters expect the heavy rain to end by Thursday.

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