Cleanup begins in flood-ravaged Chinese city of Zhengzhou
On Thursday, residents of storm-ravaged central China’s Zhengzhou city shoveled mud from their homes and washed away wrecked cars and piles of items destroyed in the floods that affected their homes. killed at least 33 people in and around the city.
Rains continued to hit parts of Henan Province, of which Zhengzhou is the capital.
The streets were turned into rivers and people found themselves stranded in apartments, offices, hotels and rural homes in dozens of towns and villages.
In the worst incident in Zhengzhou, 12 people died on Tuesday night in the subway when it was inundated by flood waters.
Eight other people are still missing in the floods, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported.
The storm front is now moving to northeastern Henan, affecting cities such as Hebi, Anyang and Xinxiang, according to state broadcaster CCTV.
Xinxiang experienced its heaviest rainfall in its history, with more than 250 millimeters in 7 p.m. between Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, according to the city’s weather agency. The local government has urged people not to leave their homes unless necessary.
Residents took to social media for help as lakes and rivers overflowed and water and electricity were cut off. Outside help was not coming and residents were relying on themselves, according to these publications.
Public transport in Anyang was suspended and people were asked to work from home on Thursday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people, experienced drier conditions on Thursday, although large parts of the city remained underwater. In addition to flooding at metro stations and stranded trains, the rains have collapsed roads and disrupted rail and air transport.
The supply of water, electricity and gas was also cut and more than 40 temporary sites were set up in the city to provide drinking water.
Zhengzhou is a major hub of China’s rail network, and some trains were stranded on the tracks for 40 hours, prompting rescuers to send food and water to passengers. Some were able to return to their starting point, while other passengers had to be rescued from where they had been stranded, according to local newspaper Henan Daily.
The rains in Henan will begin to ease Thursday evening, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
Typhoon approaching Taiwan
As the thunderstorms draw to a close, Typhoon In-Fa approaches Taiwan and the coastal provinces of southeastern mainland China.
Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Office has issued a warning and said heavy rains or extremely heavy rains will affect Taipei City and other parts of the north of the island until Thursday evening.
The storm is then expected to move to mainland China, hitting the financial center of Shanghai and neighboring Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangsu provinces with torrential rains and gales, the China Meteorological Administration said.