Central China: Floods Kill at Least 25, Force 200,000 to Evacuate

Central China: Floods Kill at Least 25, Force 200,000 to Evacuate


Record floods in China’s central Henan province have killed at least 25 people as of Wednesday and forced a the evacuation of an additional 200,000 people in the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, local government officials said.

Zhengzhou recorded its highest daily rainfall on July 20 since weather records for the city began, “receiving the equivalent of eight months of rain in a single day,” according to the U.N. Storms in Henan began late last week and quickly escalated into record flooding. The torrential rainwater submerged much of central Zhengzhou by Tuesday, “cutting off electricity and water supplies” across the city, the South China Morning Post reported.

“The worst-affected area in the city of around 12.5 million was between Haitansi and Shakoulu stations on Line 5 of the subway, where at least 12 people died when their train was trapped by rapidly rising floodwaters,” according to the Hong Kong-based newspaper.

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