Henan Flooding Death Toll Rises

Screenshot from state media of flood damage in Zhengzhou, Henan province, July 21, 2021

THE DEATH TOLL from the torrential rains in the Henan provincial capital, Zhengzhou, has risen to 25, including 12 who died in the flooded metro system. Surviving passengers’ harrowing accounts of being trapped in neck-high water have been posted on social media.

State media say at least seven people are missing in Zhengzhou. A further four casualties have been reported in the nearby city of Gongyi, which has been inundated.

Across the province, more than 1.2 million people have been affected, and some 165,000 evacuated in a massive disaster rescue and relief operation. Damage, including to crops, is widespread after a year’s rainfall fell in three days.

Authorities are warning that the heavy rain has increased the risk of geological disasters in Henan’s mountainous western and northwestern regions, raising the prospect of further loss of life. The flooding has already collapsed some roads in the province.

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