Heavy China rainfall kills 12 in Henan provincial capital Zhengzhou

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Entornointeligente.com / BEIJING (REUTERS, BLOOMBERG) – Heavy rainfall in central China’s Henan province has killed 12 people in its capital, Zhengzhou, and has led to the relocation of about 100,000 people to safe zones, state media Xinhua reported on Wednesday (July 21) citing local government.

Both Henan province and Zhengzhou municipal meteorological bureaus raised the emergency response for the disaster to Level 1, with forecasts predicting heavy rain in the province to last until Wednesday night, Xinhua reported.

Henan province has been hit by storms since the weekend in an unusually active rainy season, resulting in bursting of major river banks and flooding of streets of a dozen cities, upending daily lives of millions of people.

Zhengzhou saw 457.5mm of rainfall in the 24 hours through 5pm on Tuesday, the highest since records began for the city of more than 10 million people.

That included a record 201.9mm in a single hour, from 4pm to 5pm.

Henan is a major producer of agricultural products and machinery, while Zhengzhou is home to a large plant owned by Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, more commonly known as Foxconn.

Pictures published by state media showed large sections of city roads submerged, while videos posted on social media showed passengers in flooded-out subway cars.

Thousands of rescue workers including soldiers and firefighters have been dispatched to carry out rescue work in the city, Xinhua said.

The flooding came shortly after key Chinese cities warned that homes and factories face new power outages as historic demand and supply shortages strain energy grids.

Eleven provinces including eastern manufacturing hubs and landlocked central 

China reported record demand and peak-load surges last week, amid hot weather.

The Zhengzhou airport announced on Tuesday evening it would temporarily suspend subways and inter-city trains heading to and from the airport, and it would not accept incoming flights from 8 pm local time (1200 GMT) on Tuesday to 12 pm on Wednesday.

Passengers trapped in flooded China subway scream for help. Flood horror in China subway. Imagine plight of passengers trapped in floodwaters. People stand on train seats surrounded by chest-high waters #Zhengzhou #Henan #ChinaFloods #China #flooding #floods #ViralVideo #subway pic.twitter.com/0KI5dIbbl8

— Doregama Viral (@DoregamaViral) July 20, 2021 Zhengzhou subway station, #CCPChina . Water inside metro station #flooding #floods #Flood #chinaflood #ChinaFloods #鄭州 #地鐵站 #洪水 pic.twitter.com/OnM92kXSUI

— Jennifer Zeng 曾錚 (@jenniferatntd) July 20, 2021 At #Zhengzhou #subway , #HenanProvince , #CCPChina , July 20 #flooding #floods #Flood #chinaflood #ChinaFloods pic.twitter.com/j0P1Y6cofs

— Prakash Lalit (@PrakashLalit3) July 20, 2021 Lucky individuals able to escape metro trains before they completely filled with water #China #Floods pic.twitter.com/XLVhGwd6rM

— ASB News / MILITARY〽️ (@ASBMilitary) July 20, 2021 Heavy rain in #Zhengzhou , China. #floods pic.twitter.com/4Qv6R8FNZm

— Sandeep Panwar (@tweet_sandeep) July 20, 2021 No, not paper boats, these are cars and vehicles floating in floodwaters! Massive flash floods after heavy rains in Henan province in China #Zhengzhou #Henan #China #HenanProvince #chinaflood #ChinaFloods #floods #flooding #climate #ClimateAction #ViralVideo pic.twitter.com/SgUKQ1sFFO

— pragiya (@ucatchpragiya) July 20, 2021 Massive flash #floods caused by heavy #rain in #Zhengzhou , central #Chinese province of #Henan , severe damage reported.

Some heroes saving a women. The amount of water flowing down there is horrifying.

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