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People Walk on Flooded Street After Record Rains in Zhengzhou City, central China’s Henan Province, July 20, 2021 | Photo: Press release / China / Agência EFE / Gazeta do Povo
At least 25 people have died as a result of heavy rains and flooding in Zhengzhou city, capital of central China’s Henan Province, since the 16th, the news agency reported on Wednesday (21). Xinhua State Press.
Videos circulating on social media show flooded streets, avenues that look like rivers and even subway cars with passengers inside and more than 1.5 meters of water. More than 500 people were rescued in the subway tunnels, officials said, who also reported the rescue of 150 children and teachers at the daycare.
According to local authorities, more than 100,000 people have left their homes for security reasons. Local newspaper The Paper added that five people had been hospitalized with flood-related injuries.
On Tuesday, the emergency level for climatic disasters was set at a maximum in Zhengzhou for rains which are expected to last until Wednesday evening (local time).
Authorities also reported that the level of precipitation accumulated between 6 p.m. (local, 7 a.m. EDT) and midnight (1 p.m. EDT) was 449 millimeters. In the previous 24 hours, they fell 457.5 millimeters in Zhengzhou, a record.
“It’s rain that you see once every 100 years. The situation is grim,” the Zhengzhou Flood Control Center described.
Xinhua also said the rain left several residential buildings without water or electricity and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, bus lines and trains.
Henan Province set its emergency level at 2 (the maximum is 1 on a scale of 4) and warned that the rains have caused a dam’s water level to rise rapidly. This is how all the inhabitants of the localities at the bottom of the river were driven from their homes.