- Devastating downpours and floods kill at least 25 in China.
- Many employees were forced to stay overnight at their workplaces.
- More than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety.
At least 25 people died on Tuesday in a provincial capital of China due to severe flooding that trapped people inside subway stations and schools, swept away vehicles and forced many employees to stay overnight at their workplaces.
Zhengzhou City, capital of Henan Province, received 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., according to Henan’s meteorological agency, the official Xinhua news agency reported, as well as The Associated Press.
Floods in China kill at least 25
Torrential rains turned streets into rivers and flooded subway stations and vehicles. Videos posted online showed entire neighborhoods covered in waist-high water and cars floating in muddy water. To watch the videos press HERE Y HERE.
Chinese Army Takes Measures To Control Floods
China’s military has blown up a dam to release waters that threaten one of its most densely populated provinces, as the death toll from widespread flooding continues to rise.
The dam operation was carried out on Tuesday night in Luoyang city, just as severe flooding overwhelmed Henan provincial capital Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them in schools, apartments. and offices.
> More than 100,000 people have been evacuated
Seven other people were reported missing, provincial officials said at a news conference. Images posted on Twitter by news site The Paper showed subway passengers standing in chest-deep, muddy brown water as torrents roared in the outer tunnel.
Transportation and working life have been disrupted across the province, with torrents of rain turning the streets into fast-flowing rivers, washing away cars and reaching people’s homes.
It’s still raining
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety. Henan province is home to many cultural sites and an important base for industry and agriculture. State media showed waist-high waters Wednesday, with rain still falling.
North of Zhengzhou, the famous Shaolin Temple, known for its mastery of the martial arts of its Buddhist monks, was also severely affected. China routinely experiences floods during the summer, but the growth of cities and the conversion of agricultural land into subdivisions has worsened the impact of such events.