Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-ravaged swaths of central China on Thursday — as officials raised the death toll from the historic deluge in Henan province to 33 people.
The direct economic losses from the devastation was estimated at $189 million, according to Reuters, which cited the official Xinhua news agency, as the severe weather spread north and more cities were inundated.
On Thursday, the provincial weather bureau raised the storm alert for four cities in the north of Henan — Xinxiang, Anyang, Hebi and Jiaozuo — to red, the highest level of a four-step, color-coded warning system.
The fatalities included 12 people who were killed when the subway in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, a city of about 12 million people 400 miles southwest of Beijing, was flooded.
Local residents evacuate after the torrential rainfall in Mihe Town of Gongyi City, in central China’s Henan Province on July 22, 2021.SplashNews.com People standing on a