Heavy rains left at least 25 people dead this Wednesday, 21; Zhengzhou city recorded a year’s worth of rain in one day
At least 25 people died this Tuesday, 20, in Honã province, in China, after a record rain hit the region and flooded even wagons of subway that transported passengers underground. Videos posted on social networks showed some passengers with water up to their necks inside the trains. According to the British channel BBC, survivors who stayed in the flooded carriages narrated on the Weibo social network that water began to leak from the carriage doors and slowly rise until it reached the height of some people’s necks. Many climbed onto benches and lifted children to avoid drowning. The train line was shut down a little more than 30 minutes after the water invaded the cars and the evacuation of passengers took place through platforms lateral to the tunnels. According to authorities in Zhengzhou, the city where the flooding occurred, five people were injured and 12 died in the incident. The flood inside the subway would have occurred because the mechanisms to prevent flooding in the place could not withstand the amount of rainwater that fell throughout the day.
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According to the local communications agency Xingua, authorities reported that the level of accumulated rainfall between 6:00 pm (7:00 am EDT) and midnight (1:00 pm EDT) was 449 millimeters. In the previous 24 hours, 457.5 millimeters of rain had fallen in Zhengzhou, a number considered to be a record. “This is a rain you see once in 100 years. The situation is bleak,” the Zhengzhou flood control center described in an official statement. In addition to the cars, streets and avenues were flooded. Several residential buildings and other parts of the province were left without water and electricity, which forced the reformulation of bus and train routes, as well as the cancellation of flights in the region. Despite the catastrophe, the declared emergency level in the province was 2, one less than the maximum scale in the country. More than 200,000 residents had to be evacuated from lower areas in the region because of the increased level of dams.