China floods – live: Military blasts dam to protect homes after heaviest rain in millennium kills dozens
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”.
Shocking footage shows the moment a woman was narrowly saved from dangerous floodwater in China’s Zhengzhou. The woman can be seen be seen clinging onto a rope held by several men as the raging torrent engulfs her. She disappears under the water but manages to hold on and is towed to calmer waters.The video also shows a sinkhole with water gushing in. As pieces of road collapse around it, several people are sucked into the deep hole.Massive floods caused by record-breaking rainfall have left at least 12 people dead and 100,000 evacuated in the capital of central China’s Henan province.
Frightening footage shows floodwater gushing into subway stations, trapping train passengers in chest-high water and submerging streets. Rescuers are seen carrying stranded people to safety in dinghies and trying to free vehicles from roads that have been transformed into torrents. Massive floods caused by record-breaking rainfall have left at least 12 people dead and 100,000 evacuated from their homes in Zhengzhou, the capital of central China’s Henan province. Some meteorologists estimate the rain in the city was the worst in 1,000 years, Reuters news agency reported.