, China flooding – live: Military blasts dam to divert flood water amid rescue for 1.2 million displaced, The Nzuchi Times News

China flooding – live: Military blasts dam to divert flood water amid rescue for 1.2 million displaced

, China flooding – live: Military blasts dam to divert flood water amid rescue for 1.2 million displaced, The Nzuchi Times News

China subway flooded and people swept away in neck-high water

China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25.

The dam operation, in the city of Luoyang, was carried out just as the heaviest rain in a millennium overwhelmed Henan’s provincial capital, Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the underground system and stranding them at schools, apartments and offices.

Another seven people were reported missing, officials said.

A video showed underground passengers standing in chest-high muddy brown water as torrents raged in the tunnel outside.

Rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers, washed away cars and flooded homes.

A blackout shut down ventilators at a hospital, forcing staff to use hand-pumped airbags to help patients breathe, according to the city’s Communist Party committee.

The flooding happened just as China came under pressure from US climate envoy John Kerry, who called on the country’s leaders to intensify their action to curb the climate crisis.

Without sufficient emissions reductions by China, Mr Kerry said, the global goal of keeping temperatures under 1.5C was “essentially impossible”.

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Rescue efforts begin as 1.2 million people displaced by floods

Thousands of firefighters and volunteers have been mobilized from across China to begin rescue operations.

The Ministry of Emergency Management said more than 17,000 firefighters as Chinese leader Xi Jinping ordered authorities to prioritize people and property, according to The Washington Post.

Want Peng and his group of volunteers in Zhengzhou were overwhelmed as streets turned to rivers, the Post reported.

“Once I got to the scene, I couldn’t help anyone,” the logistics manager said. “The water was too deep.”

Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 18:24

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Rescue efforts begin as 1.2 million people displaced by floods

Thousands of firefighters and volunteers have been mobilized from across China to begin rescue operations.

The Ministry of Emergency Management said more than 17,000 firefighters as Chinese leader Xi Jinping ordered authorities to prioritize people and property, according to The Washington Post.

Want Peng and his group of volunteers in Zhengzhou were overwhelmed as streets turned to rivers, the Post reported.

“Once I got to the scene, I couldn’t help anyone,” the logistics manager said. “The water was too deep.”

Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 18:24

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China blasts dam to divert floods that killed at least 25

China’s military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to at least 25.

The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them at schools, apartments and offices. Associated Press

Justin Vallejo21 July 2021 17:55

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China’s fatal floods

Here is an overview of what we know about the flooding in central China so far:

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 16:30

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Extreme weather in China linked to climate change, scientists say

Just like with the recent heatwave in North America, the recent extreme rainfall in central China is linked to climate change, scientists say.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 16:00

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Panic buying in Zhengzhou

After their city was devastated by floods, residents in Zhengzhou flocked to supermarkets in large numbers to buy food and other provisions to tide themselves over.

As a result, many items sold out, leaving empty shelves.

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A boy looks at empty seafood tanks at a supermarket in Zhengzhou city, China, on 21 July, 2021.

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Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 15:40

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1.24 million people in Henan province affected by flooding

More than 1.2 million people in China’s Henan province have been affected by this week’s flooding, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The death toll currently stands at 25, with a further 7 people missing, authorities have said.

Across Henan, roughly 164,710 people have been evacuated from their homes, they added.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 15:17

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Twelve dead after subway tunnel flooded

Twelve people died and hundreds were rescued after an underground station was flooded in Zhengzhou, Chinese state media has said.

“The water reached my chest,” a survivor wrote on social media. “I was really scared, but the most terrifying thing was not the water, but the diminishing air supply in the carriage.”

One resident, whose surname is Guo, said many people took the underground because the rain had halted bus services.

“That’s why many people took the subway, and the tragedy happened,” they told Reuters.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 14:55

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Zhengzhou sees record rainfall

More rain fell in Zhengzhou on Tuesday than on any other recorded day.

Almost a third of the city’s annual precipitation came in just one hour.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 14:36

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Emergency response level raised

Chinese authorities have raised the emergency response for flood control to level two, the second-highest level, according to the state-run People’s Daily newspaper.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has dispatched a working team to the affected areas in Henan to help local authorities with disaster relief work, it said.

Jane Dalton21 July 2021 12:53

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