Heavy rain in China floods city and metro, killing several people

At least 12 people were killed on Tuesday in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight.

The already soggy city of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, was hit by 20 centimeters of rain between 4 and 5 p.m., the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Henan weather bureau.

The torrent of rain turned streets into fast-flowing rivers and flooded subway stations and cars.

Videos posted online showed entire neighborhoods covered in waist-length water and vehicles drifting in the muddy mire.

To the north, in Zhengzhou, the famous Shaolin Temple, known for Buddhist monks’ mastery of martial arts, was badly hit.

Henan Province is home to many cultural sites and an important base for industry and agriculture.

Xinhua said 12 had died and 100,000 people had been moved to safer areas.

Stranded people spent the night at their workplace or checked into hotels.

Wang Guirong, a 56-year-old restaurant manager, said she planned to sleep on the sofa in her restaurant after being told there was no power in her area. The State Grid Zhengzhou Power Supply Co. said a substation in the center had to close because of the rain.

“I’ve lived in Zhengzhou all my life and I’ve never seen such a heavy rainstorm as today,” Wang said.

China regularly experiences flooding during the summer months, but the growth of cities and the conversion of farmland into subdivisions have magnified the impact of such events.

(AP)

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