, China floods – live: Military blasts dam to protect homes after heaviest rain in millennium kills dozens, The Nzuchi Times News

China floods – live: Military blasts dam to protect homes after heaviest rain in millennium kills dozens

, China floods – live: Military blasts dam to protect homes after heaviest rain in millennium kills dozens, 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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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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Ambassador expresses solidarity with Zhengzhou

Here’s a tweet from the Chinese ambassador in Austria on the situation in his home country:

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 12:21

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Woman saved in dramatic rescue

Watch: Woman pulled out of raging China flood by rope in dramatic rescue

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.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 12:10

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Flooding in pictures

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Two men walk along a flooded road in Zhengzhou city, China, on 20 July, 2021.

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Two men walk along a flooded road in Zhengzhou city, China, on 20 July, 2021.

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Cars sit in floodwater in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou on 21 July, 2021.

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Cars sit in floodwater in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou on 21 July, 2021.

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Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 12:00

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Video: People stranded in floods rescued by dinghy

Footage shows people being rescued from the floods by dinghy:

Watch: People stranded in deadly China floods rescued by dinghy

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.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 11:40

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Death toll rises to 25

The flood death toll in central China has risen to 25, provincial officials have confirmed.

They added that a further seven people have been reported missing.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 11:27

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Death toll rises to 18, report suggests

A total of 18 people have died and a further 200,000 people have been displaced by flooding in central China, according to the South China Morning Post.

The news comes as rain continues to fall in the beleaguered province of Henan.

Rory Sullivan21 July 2021 11:10

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