According to local media, at least 12 people were murdered and more than 500 were rescued as a subway line flooded in Zhengzhou, China’s central Henan province, which has had the most daily rainfall.
Authorities have issued the province’s highest level of alert, indicating that the situation is likely to worsen. The emergency reaction for the disaster has been escalated to level I by the local meteorological bureaus of Henan province and Zhengzhou.
According to the Henan provincial meteorological centre, Zhengzhou, which has a population of more than 12 million, saw a record-high hourly precipitation of 201.9 mm from 4pm to 5pm on Tuesday.
“As of 7 a.m. on July 21, about 200,000 individuals had been evacuated in an emergency, and 36,000 city residents had been impacted by the disaster,” according to city officials.
In addition, the heavy rains in Zhengzhou have resulted in serious waterlogging in some regions.
Over 80 bus lines have been halted, while over 100 have been detoured temporarily.
Subway service has also been suspended for the time being.