Twelve people were killed after torrential rains in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, authorities said Wednesday, with tragic images of passengers fighting against high water inside the neck of a train.
The city of more than a million people in Henan Province is at risk of “several rare and heavy rainstorms that have caused water to accumulate on the Zhengzhou Metro”, city officials said in a Weibo post, adding that 12 more people were killed and five injured.
Authorities in Henan Province have issued the highest level of warning as a record flood hammer.
Seasonal floods are common in China, but scientists say climate change is causing increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Images posted on social media in China show pedestrians in Zhengzhou being rescued from torrential downpours in torrential downpours.
The Chinese military has warned that at least three people have been killed in a torrential downpour and that a collapsed dam in the country’s center could “collapse at any moment”, bringing the region to a standstill.
On Tuesday evening, the People’s Liberation Army’s regional unit warned that relentless flooding had caused about 20 million violations of the Yehetan Dam in Luoyang – a city of about seven million people – with the risk of collapsing “anytime”.
The PLA’s Central Theater Command said it had sent troops to provide emergency response, including explosions and flood evolution.
The statement said, “On July 20, a 20-meter breach occurred in the Ehetan Dam … The riverbank was severely damaged and the dam could collapse at any moment,” the statement said.
Annual floods in China’s monsoons cause chaos and wash away roads, crops and homes.
But over the decades the threat has grown, cutting off connections between rivers and surrounding lakes and massively building dams and levies in a part of the country that has disrupted floodplains that help absorb the intensity of summer.
According to authorities, rainfall was the highest since record maintenance began 60 years ago, with the city showing the equivalent of an average annual rainfall in just three days.
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