25 killed, over 1 million affected as unprecedented floods hit central China; President Xi Jinping calls in PLA – News Vibe24

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    BEIJING (Reuters) – At least 25 people, including 12 subway passengers, were killed when the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years hit China’s central Henan province, prompting President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to deploy an army to rescue those trapped in flooded hotels. public places.
    A total of 1.24 million (12.4 lakh) people were affected and 1,60,000 were evacuated, according to state-owned company Global Times.
    Official media reported local officials said 25 people had been killed and seven others reported missing in the floods.
    Twelve people were killed and five others injured when subway stations were flooded, the report said.
    They died when their subway train was hit by rapidly rising floodwaters on Tuesday night, the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.
    Two people were also killed when a wall collapsed.
    The massive floods, described by meteorologists as a once-in-a-lifetime event, have led to revealing scenes in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, a metropolis of 12.6 million, with public roads and subway tunnels flooding.
    Videos posted on Chinese social media showed fossilized passengers trapped on subway trains clinging to the wheel desperately waiting for help as the water reached their throats.
    Official media published videos of rescue workers helping people stuck in subway tunnels to safety.
    The videos showed people trying to flood the city center, while many cars and other vehicles were washed away. Some videos also showed people falling into massive street caves.
    Rainwater poured into the city’s subway line five tunnel, trapping an unknown number of passengers on the subway train.
    Xi ordered the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and said that authorities at all levels must give the highest priority to ensuring the safety and property of the people as massive floods hit the province and the city of Zhengzhou.
    The PLA Central Theater Central Administration has urgently sent troops to a rain-hit county in Henan, where a dam is threatened with collapse due to heavy rain damage, state news agency Xinhua reported.
    The PLA, in its social media account on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like social networking platform, said a 20-meter crack had appeared in the dam in Yichuan County, Henan Province, and could collapse at any time. .
    The downtown area of ​​Zhengzhou received an average of 457.5 mm of rainfall in 24 hours on Tuesday, the highest daily rainfall since the onset of weather, Xinhua reported.
    Henan is home to many cultural sites and is an important base for industry and agriculture. The Shaolin Temple, known for its dominance of Buddhist monks in martial arts, was also reportedly severely flooded.
    The severe overflow has led to the virtual paralysis of the city’s traffic.
    More than 80 bus lines have been suspended, more than 100 are temporarily bypassed and the metro service has also been temporarily suspended.
    Police, firefighters and workers from the local province have arrived at the scene for the rescue operation, the report said.
    The water level inside the metro is falling and passengers are temporarily safe, he said.
    More than 160 railway services stopped at Zhengzhoudong Railway Station.
    Zhengzhou airport canceled 260 flights to and from the city, and local rail authorities canceled or delayed some trains.
    Affected by the storms, several residential communities in the city do not have water and electricity.
    Both the Henan Provincial Meteorological Offices and the Zhengzhou Municipal Offices increased the emergency response to meteorological disasters at Level I.
    Heavy rains in Henan are expected to last until Wednesday night, according to forecasts.
    Meteorological experts have described the extreme event as the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years, while hospitals have run out of electricity, the Post reported.
    Zhengzhou flood control headquarters issued a text message on Wednesday, warning residents that there is a serious safety hazard at the Guojiazui Reservoir and urging them to evacuate the southwestern part of the city immediately.
    Xinhua told President Xi that rainfall has made flood control very serious, causing massive flooding in Zhengzhou and other cities, with water levels in some rivers exceeding alarm levels and damages in some reservoirs.
    He said parts of the railways had also been closed and some flights had been canceled.
    Xi ordered authorities at all levels to immediately organize flood and disaster prevention forces, properly accommodate those affected, severely prevent secondary disasters and minimize casualties and property losses.
    He also stressed the need to take solid action to help those affected by the floods and to strengthen health and disease control to prevent epidemics and prevent people from returning to poverty due to disasters.


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