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Storm in China: floods surprised hundreds of people in the subway - first deaths reported

2021-07-21T05:35:36.582Z

Floods hit parts of China, hundreds of people were surprised by the masses of water in the subway. At least twelve deaths have already been reported.



Floods hit parts of China, hundreds of people were surprised by the masses of water in the subway.

At least twelve deaths have already been reported.

Zhengzhou - The images of the flood disaster in Germany were dramatic, now masses of water have caused dead and missing people in many places in China.

The pictures show: the floods transform multi-lane roads into raging torrents.

Hundreds of people are trapped in the flooded subway, and at least twelve deaths have already been reported.

Floods in China: Massive floods - Twelve dead reported

The heaviest rainfall in decades has


caused

massive

flooding

in the central Chinese metropolis of Zhengzhou

.

As reported by the Chinese state television, twelve dead were found by Wednesday morning.

However, more victims are feared.

Saving human life has "top priority", China's President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying. 



Thousands of firefighters and soldiers were deployed to help the people in the city.

Videos could be seen how some of the multi-lane roads had turned into raging rivers.

Cars swam in the water.

The water and electricity supply was interrupted in many places.

Hundreds of people were surprised by the masses of water in the subway, they were temporarily trapped in trains and also in tunnels.

As state media but also eyewitnesses report, the water was sometimes up to their shoulders.

Floods in China: More than 100,000 people brought to safety - "The situation is bleak"

More than 100,000 people were brought to safety in evacuations. Among them were around 600 seriously ill patients from a Zhengzhou University hospital. In the south of Zhengzhou, the dam of the Guojiaju water reservoir broke in the early morning hours of Wednesday (local time), according to state television. Details were initially not known. There was talk of the heaviest rainfall since records began. “Such rains usually only happen once every 100 years. The situation is bleak, "reported the crisis team in the provincial capital of Henan, according to the" China Daily ". 



The unusually heavy rains in Henan were caused by typhoon "In-Fa".

The cyclone also caused severe weather in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

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.

The weather service warned again on Wednesday of heavy rains in many provinces. 

The dam of the Steinbachtalsperre in North Rhine-Westphalia threatened to break because of the floods.

Until a 68-year-old building contractor stepped in and defused the situation.

Source: merkur

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