At least 12 people died and 100,000 had to be evacuated Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in Henan province today. In the central region China, This Tuesday (20). Overnight in Zhengzhou, flooding left people trapped in subways, schools and workplaces.
According to the official Chinese news agency Xinhua, from 4pm to 5pm, 20 centimeters of rain fell from the Meteorological Agency in Henan, which turned the streets into streams with strong currents, cars and trap tunnel stations.
Videos posted online showed entire environs covered in waist-deep water and vehicles floating in muddy water.
Vehicles stranded after heavy rains in Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province, on Tuesday (20) – Photo: AB via cyanotopics.
In the north, the famous Shaolin Temple, where Buddhist monks practiced martial arts, was badly damaged. Henan Province has many cultural sites and is an important site for industry and agriculture.
Isolated people spent the night in their workplaces or stayed in nearby hotels, unable to reach homes.
Wang Guirong, a 56-year-old restaurant manager, said he planned to sleep on a sofa at his restaurant after being told there was no electricity in his neighborhood. The state-level Zhengzhou power supply company was forced to close a substation in the city center due to rain.
People try to cross flooded streets after heavy rains in Zhengzhou, the capital of China’s Henan province on Tuesday (20) – Photo:
“I have lived in Zhengzhou all my life and I have never seen a storm as strong as it is today,” Wang said.
China experiences regular floods during the summer months, but the growth of cities and the conversion of agricultural lands into subdivisions have increased the impact of such events.