12 killed, 200,000 evacuated as Unending rainfall batters central China city

Authorities have declared the province's highest level of alert, signaling that the scenario is likely to worsen

According to local news media, at least 12 lives were lost and more than 500 people rescued as a subway line flooded in Zhengzhou, China’s central Henan province, which has had the most daily rainfall.

Authorities have declared the province’s highest level of alert, signaling that the scenario is likely to worsen. The urgent reaction to the tragedy has been escalated to level I by the local meteorological bureaus of Henan province and Zhengzhou.

As per the Henan Provincial Meteorological Center, Zhengzhou, which has a population of more than 12 million, saw a record-high hourly downpour of 201.9 mm from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesday.

The city authorities, while addressing the press about the effect of the rainfall said

As of 7am on July 21, almost 200,000 people were evacuated in an emergency and 36,000 city residents were affected by the disaster

Passengers inside a train carriage could be seen struggling with rising water levels in several photos uploaded on social media. According to the news agency AFP, rescue and relief workers had to cut into the carriage’s roof to lift people to safety.

Furthermore, the heavy rains in Zhengzhou have resulted in significant waterlogging in some regions. Over 80 bus lines have been canceled, while over 100 have been diverted immediately. Subway service has also been discontinued for the time being.

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