On Thursday, residents of the storm-ravaged central Chinese city of Zhengzhou were removing dirt from their homes and towing away damaged cars and piles of property after floods killed at least 33 people in the city and surrounding areas.
The rain continued to hit parts of Henan Province, of which Zhengzhou is the capital city.
The streets became rivers, and people were trapped in apartments, offices, hotels and rural houses in dozens of cities and towns.
In the worst accident in Zhengzhou, the subway system was flooded on Tuesday night, killing 12 people.
The official Xinhua News Agency reported that eight people were missing in the flood.
According to a CCTV report, the storm front is now shifting to northeastern Henan, affecting cities such as Hebi, Anyang, and Xinxiang.
According to the city’s Meteorological Bureau, Xinxiang had the highest rainfall on record, with more than 250 mm of rainfall in the 19 hours from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon. The local government has urged people not to leave their homes unless necessary.
Due to the flooding of lakes and rivers, water and power outages, residents sought help through social media. These posts say that without external help, residents can only rely on themselves.
According to a CCTV report, public transportation in Anyang has been suspended on Thursday, and people have been asked to work from home.
The weather in Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people, was dry Thursday, but most of the city was still underwater. With the flooding of subway stations and stranded trains, the rain caused roads to collapse, and rail and air transportation were interrupted.
It also cut off water, electricity and gas supplies, and set up more than 40 temporary stations in the city to provide clean water.
Zhengzhou is the main hub of China’s railway network. Some trains stay on the tracks for up to 40 hours, prompting rescuers to deliver food and water to passengers. According to the local newspaper Henan Daily, some passengers were able to return to the place of departure, while others had to be rescued at the detention location.
According to the China Meteorological Administration, rainfall in Henan will begin to weaken on Thursday night.
Typhoon approaching Taiwan
As the torrential rain is about to end, Typhoon Renfa is approaching Taiwan and the coastal provinces of southeastern China.
Taiwan’s Central Meteorological Bureau issued a warning that heavy rain or heavy rain would affect Taipei City and other parts of northern Taiwan on Thursday night.
The China Meteorological Administration said that the storm is expected to transfer to mainland China and hit the financial center of Shanghai and the nearby provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangsu with heavy rains and strong winds.