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Soldiers are leading the rescue in the city of more than 10 million people in Henan province, which has been hit by record rains that inundated the streets and the subway
After torrential rains flooded a subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a total of 12 people died, authorities said Wednesday.
Soldiers are leading the rescue in the city of more than 10 million people in Henan province, which has been hit by record rains that inundated the streets and the subway.
The city has experienced "a series of rare and heavy rainstorms, causing water to accumulate in Zhengzhou metro", city officials said in a Weibo post
The post said 12 people died and five were injured, while hundreds were rescued from the subway.
These floods in #Zhengzhou and elsewhere in China look absolutely awful. From what I've heard/seen it seems that a great number of people have lost their lives.— Stephen JBL 🇬🇧 🌞 (@StephenJBL) July 20, 2021
Please try to be respectful to those who have died and their families by not sharing any graphic videos or photos. pic.twitter.com/EcDSHIPqFO
Various images showed dramatic rescues of pedestrians in Zhengzhou from torrents gushing through the streets.
Authorities have issued the highest warning level for Henan province as floods continue to hammer the region.
Annual floods during China's rainy season cause chaos and wash away roads, crops and houses.
However, the threat has worsened over the decades.
As per scientists, climate change is also worsening flooding around the world alongside other increasingly extreme weather patterns.
According to the authorities, the rainfall in the region was the heaviest since record-keeping began 60 years ago.