Terrified subway passengers in central China were left clinging to ceiling handles inside flooded cars on Tuesday, trapped up to their necks in rising water, as record breaking rains devastated parts of Henan province.
At least 12 people have been confirmed dead in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where over 20 centimetres of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday, according tot eh meteorological observatory.
More than 100,000 people have so far been evacuated from Zhengzhou, a city of 12.6 million on the banks of the Yellow River, with thousands of emergency personnel deployed to assist in the effort, according to state-run media.
According to provincial authorities, all of the bodies recovered were taken from the city’s subway system.
In the city of Gongyi, at least four were confirmed dead and more than 20,000 people have been forced to leave their homes, reported state media Wednesday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping addressed the flooding on Wednesday morning, calling the flood control situation “very severe” and ordering authorities to “prioritize the safety of people’s lives and properties,” reported state news agency Xinhua.