/ 22 July 2021

Subway scare as China’s Henan floods

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At least 25 people have died after a flooding disaster in China’s Henan province after including 12 when a subway station in the capital of Zhengzhou was inundated with water yesterday. More than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety following what local weather forecasters say is the region’s heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years after the area received a year’s worth of rain in a day. Several branches of the Yellow River basin have broken their banks, causing chaos in the city of 12 million people. And relief may still be a few days away, with rain forecast into the weekend. While flooding is common in China, President Xi Jinping said flood prevention efforts “have become very difficult” in extreme circumstances like this.

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