Flood disaster also in China!
The heaviest rainfall in decades has triggered massive flooding in the central Chinese metropolis of Zhengzhou. State media have reported twelve deaths so far. The exact number of victims is still unclear.
Scenes like from a catastrophe film: floods flood the subway, where hundreds of people were trapped in trains and also in tunnels, as reported by the state media and eyewitnesses on social media.
Videos can be seen how the water is sometimes up to their shoulders. Emergency services were on duty.
During evacuations, around 600 seriously ill patients had to be brought to safety from a hospital at Zhengzhou University. In addition, the power in the clinic had failed.
“Such rains usually only happen once every 100 years. The situation is bleak, ”reports according to the“ China Daily ”, the crisis management team in the provincial capital of Henan, which has nine million inhabitants.
Many streets in Zhengzhou are flooded. Cars and buses got stuck. The water and power supply interrupted in many places. The traffic is completely paralyzed. Also standstill in the subway network, high-speed trains are exposed. Zhengzhou Airport canceled 270 flights.
The rains in Henan were caused by typhoon “In-Fa”. The cyclone also caused severe weather in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. The province of Henan has been hit by heavy rains since last week. The water levels of the Yellow River and Haihe River tributaries exceeded alert levels.
More heavy rainfall and flooding were expected. In evacuations, more than 100,000 people were brought to safety, as the “People’s Daily” reports. The damage to agriculture runs into the millions.
Severe storms were also reported from southern China, where another typhoon called “Cempaka” hit land near the city of Yangjiang in the province of Guangdong with wind speeds of up to 110 kilometers per hour. There were also severe floods in Inner Mongolia in northern China.