Beijing. In China’s central Henan province, President Xi Jinping had to “deploy the army to rescue people trapped in subways, hotels and public places” in the wake of the heaviest rain in 1,000 years. At least 13 people have died in rain and flood related incidents. Whereas during this more than one lakh people have been shifted to safer places. Public places and ‘subway tunnels’ in Zhengzhou were flooded due to heavy rains. Meteorologists say that such havoc of rain is rarely seen.
Xi ordered the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and asked officials at all levels to ensure the safety of the people as the flood situation in Zhengzhou city worsened. According to the news, the People’s Liberation Army Central Theater Command has immediately dispatched troops to the affected Henan province, where a dam is expected to collapse anytime if it is damaged by heavy rains. The PLA said on its official account that a 20-metre-long crack appeared in the dam in Yichuan province of Henan province and could collapse at any time.
In a video released by the official media, it is seen that rescue teams are seen helping people trapped in the ‘subway’. Videos of many vehicles getting washed away and people drowning in potholes on the road due to rain have also come to the fore. Rain water entered the city’s ‘Line Five’ subway tunnel, trapping several passengers on a train. Henan’s Provincial Meteorological Department said that the provincial capital, Zhengzhou, received an average of 457.5 mm of rain in 24 hours on Tuesday. This is the highest rainfall so far in a day. 13 people have died in flood-related accidents and more than one lakh people have been shifted to safer places. According to the news, the traffic in the city came to a standstill due to water logging at many places. More than 80 bus services had to be suspended, over 100 routes were diverted and ‘subway’ services have also been temporarily suspended.
It was told in the news that police officers, fire brigade personnel and other local sub-district personnel are engaged in rescue work on the spot. The water in the ‘subway’ is receding and the passengers are safe for the time being. More than 160 trains were stopped at Zhengzhoudong Railway Station. 260 flights to and from Zhengzhou airport have been cancelled. At the same time, the local railway officials have also stopped some trains or changed their timings. Electricity and drinking water services were also suspended at some places in the city affected by the storm.
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