(PTI) Beijing, DT
A high-level flooding threat was announced Friday in the city of Zhengzhou in central China’s Henan province, killing at least six people and injuring more than a million, including 12 subway tourists. Floods in Zhengzhou, one of the world’s largest industrial cities, have displaced more than two million people. Zhengzhou has received 12 inches of rain in the last three hours (from 4.00 pm on Tuesday). Several flights have been canceled in the flood-hit city due to torrential rains and rescue operations are underway in areas including the city’s subways. The flood control department has issued the second highest level-3 warning.
China’s state-run Global Times reported that nine people died and seven went missing in the floods. On Tuesday night, a subway train collided with high-speed floodwaters, killing 12 people and injuring five, according to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post. Two died from bankruptcy. Expressways and subway tunnels have submerged in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. More than 150 trains have been stopped at Zhengzhou Railway Station and more than 50 flights have been canceled at Zhengzhou Airport.
Water from a river near Danfang city flowed above dangerous levels and entered the city, where a storage tank mixing water with hot metal at a metal factory exploded. Drinking water and electricity have also come to a standstill in many places due to rain. Due to power outages in many hospitals, patients have been shifted to safer places.
Rescue work continues at several subway stations in Zhengzhou. After heavy rains, President Xi Jinping has deployed troops to rescue people trapped in submerged subways, hotels and public places on July 31. Jinping has asked officials to make public safety the top priority. It has also been asked to prevent floods and implement emergency relief measures carefully and strictly.
The China Meteorological Department has attributed the torrential rains in Henan province to several factors, including atmospheric pressure, potential storms and the geography of the region. Henan was reportedly at a subtropical elevation in mid-July, causing heavy rainfall. Hurricane Yanhua in southeast China’s Fujian region has carried heavy rain clouds to the Henan region, causing exceptional rainfall.
According to Xinhua news agency, the PLA Central Theater Command has sent a contingent of troops to Henan province as a dam is in danger of collapsing due to torrential rains. The PLA said a 30-metre-long crack has been found in a dam in Yichuan County, Henan province, and there is a risk of the dam breaking at any time. Henan Province is the base of many cultural sites, industrial and agricultural industries. According to the report, the Shaolin temple, famous for the martial arts of Buddhist monks, was also badly damaged by the floods.
Traffic was disrupted in Zhengzhou, causing waterlogging. More than 50 bus lines were canceled and more than 100 were temporarily canceled due to the rain. Metro service has also been temporarily cancelled. Police officers, firefighters and local personnel are engaged in the rescue work. However, according to the late evening reports, the water level in the metro tunnel is receding and tourists are currently safe. Henan Province and Zhengzhou Municipality have declared a Level-1 emergency. The chief weather broadcaster of the Henan Meteorological Department, Zhang Ning, said there is a possibility of heavy rain in Henan province until July 9.