At least 25 people have died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooded a city in central China, with passengers battling high-pitched water in a train car.
As river banks have been breached in record rainfall across Henan province, President Xi Jinping described the situation as “extremely severe” with flood control measures entering a “critical phase”. “, state media reported Wednesday.
About 200,000 residents have been evacuated in Zhengzhou, local government officials say, while soldiers have led rescue efforts in the city of more than 10 million people who have seen the equivalent of an average rainfall of a year falling on to this in just three days.
Precipitation in the region has been the heaviest since logging began 60 years ago.
Rainstorms hit the Zhengzhou subway late Tuesday, killing 12 people and injuring five, while city officials said hundreds were rescued from the subway.
Nervous images shared on social media show the shocked passengers struggling with the rapidly rising waters in a train car. Rescuers have opened the roof of the bus to pull people out safely, local media reported.
Others have shown dramatic rescues of pedestrians in Zhengzhou from torrents flowing down the streets.
At least four people have been killed in the nearby town of Gongyi where houses and walls collapsed, the Xinhua news agency said, adding that the rains had caused more landslides.
Authorities have issued the highest warning level for Henan province, as floods continue to pound the region, with landslides blocking several roads, evacuated villages and large areas left without communication.