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In China, torrential rains don't stop, neither do floods

2021-07-23T07:03:45.146Z

Heavy rain overnight Thursday through Friday resulted in flooding further north in Henan Province, leading to evacuation



Part of China still submerged by water.

On Friday, residents of the northeastern city of Xinxiang were evacuated to a removable pontoon.

Floods are now affecting the north of Henan province, while many localities in the center of the country remained inundated, after devastating rains that killed at least 33 people.

90 km from Zhengzhou, the city of Xinxiang and its surroundings are now cut off from the world.

The Wei River came out of its bed, according to public television CCTV.

Amateur videos shared on social networks show streets submerged in water, dragging several cars in a current of mud.

The situation in #Xinxiang, northern part of #Henan Province, is very bad after receiving 500mm of rainfall in 2 hours.

This is what's happening this morning in a county called Huixian under the jurisdiction of the city.

#chinaflood pic.twitter.com/JvAFByLesu

- Rita Bai (@RitaBai) July 22, 2021

Other footage shows rescuers using a removable pontoon to evacuate residents in Xinxiang.

Thirty emergency electric pontoons were deployed Thursday evening to allow the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people surrounded by water, reports the Global Times.

Relief operations are still continuing.

In addition, countless farmlands have been submerged by water and only the treetops are now visible.

102 professional rescuers from China Anneng Group, carrying 30 sets of emergency power pontoon bridges and all-terrain amphibious rescue vehicles, rushed to Xinxiang, #Henan on Thu, and have evacuated nearly 1,000 people trapped in flooded villages.

The rescue is still ongoing.

pic.twitter.com/E9A0eGvLfT

- Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 23, 2021

Henan, China's third largest province by population with nearly 100 million people, has been hit by record rainfall in recent days, which has turned the streets into torrents of mud.

The latest death toll is at least 33 dead and eight missing, according to national television CCTV.

Zhengzhou, its capital, was particularly damaged, to the point that a subway train was swallowed up on Tuesday, killing 12 people.

In the metropolis of 10 million inhabitants, firefighters and rescuers are still active this Friday with huge pumps to remove the large amounts of water accumulated in the streets.

Bodies are still likely to be inside submerged vehicles.

VIDEO.

"Water up to the neck": hell for Zhengzhou metro passengers

Concern with the arrival of a typhoon in the Shanghai region

Police officers are positioned near the entrances to a tunnel in Zhengzhou, where many cars were trapped by the rising waters on Tuesday.

In addition, the police forbid onlookers and journalists to take photos and videos.

Unsurprisingly, global warming is singled out to explain the worst bad weather that has occurred in the region since the start of meteorological records, that is to say 60 years ago.

Further east, China is now anxiously monitoring the progress of Typhoon In-fa, with torrential rains and winds of more than 130 km / h, according to the meteorology.

This cyclone is expected to make landfall from Saturday in the Shanghai region, which has tens of millions of inhabitants.

Source: leparis

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