On Tuesday (20), part of the city’s flood protection system collapsed Heavy rain Water began to invade the stations.
The floods in China have left passengers stranded in subway cars
More than 500 people have been rescued, local officials say. The video, shared on social media, shows water near the necks of some; The other depicts the interfering current at the sites.
Survivors reported on social media that water began to enter through cracks in the car’s doors, slowly “from our heels to our knees, until it reached our necks”.
“Everyone who created this climbed on the train seats,” a woman wrote on the Weibo platform, which is similar to Twitter.
In three days, Zhengzhou received an average of one year of rain – Photo: Reuters via BBC
The children had the help of their parents, who lifted them so that they were above the water level, while others leaned over anything that acted as a shield and tried to keep their heads above the water. About half an hour later, according to one traveler, it began to become “hard to breathe”.
The order to stop service on this route was issued at 6:10 pm local time (EDT at 7:10 am), according to a statement issued by Zhengzhou officials, who said passengers could be rescued. In addition to the 12 deaths, 5 more were injured.
On the surface, roads turned into rivers, where water quickly pulled cars and debris and endangered the lives of pedestrians.
In the province, the number of people affected by the recent heavy rains reaches 25. More than 200,000 people were forced to flee their homes. Transportation was severely affected as air and rail travel was canceled.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the storms had caused “significant loss of life and property damage”.
‘No water, no electricity, no internet’
At least 12 people have been killed in heavy rains in China
In Zhengzhou, rainfall in the last days is equal to the average observed throughout the year.
Pictures of the subway in Zhengzhou are not the only moments of frustration. Elsewhere in the city, children had to be rescued from a day care center, which also sank. Government television channels showed students being thrown out of plastic bowls.
According to a report released by the Zhengzhou Municipal Party Committee on the Weibo social network, even Zhengzhou University Hospital was left without electricity for a while on Tuesday night. And according to the text, 600 patients in critical condition had to be transferred to another health unit.
A resident identified as Liu, 27, told the BBC-in-China service that “there is no water, electricity or internet.” “I have never seen so much rain in my life,” he added.
The damage is not limited to Zhengzhou. In Luoyang, local officials said it rained a 20-meter crack in a dam. Army soldiers were sent to the area to try to control the situation. However, a military statement warned that it could “collapse at any moment.”
On social media, a user said residents of Sichuan were trapped on the roofs by the flood. “We don’t know how to swim … the whole village is being washed away,” he wrote.
What caused the flood?
In three days, Zhengzhou received an average of one year of rain – Photo: BBC Reproduction
China’s Meteorological Agency said on Wednesday that “unusual and heavy rains” had been falling in Henan province since Saturday. With 624 millimeters of rain on Tuesday, Zhengzhou “broke a historic record” – a third of the total from 4pm to 5pm.
Also, according to the Meteorological Authority, the region is expected to see storms and hurricanes until at least Thursday (22).
Floods can be caused by a variety of factors, but climate change caused by climate change increases the likelihood of serious events such as storms.
According to the Chinese Meteorological Service – Photo: Getty Heavy rain is expected to continue through the BBC until Thursday
Henan Province is located on the banks of the Yellow River, the second longest river in the country. Thus, the area is crossed by a river network and, therefore, is at risk of flooding. The capital, Zhengzhou, with a population of about 12 million, is on the Yellow Coast.
In recent decades, China has built a series of dams along the Yellow River. According to the BBC’s Chinese correspondent Stephen McDonnell, scientists have already warned that infrastructure work could exacerbate the problems caused by climate change in an area that has traditionally been prone to flooding.
Connections between rivers and lakes have been severed and floods that once absorbed the region’s annual summer rainfall have been isolated.
Henan Province, BBC Map – Photo: BBC