Passengers stuck in flooded subway as China region faces worst rainfall in 60 years

Twelve people are killed after being caught in flooding on a subway in China as shocking footage shows passengers struggling with neck-high water

  • Chinese city hit by severe storms that killed at least 12 people
  • Zhengzhou closed flooded subway on Tuesday as it braced for more downpours
  • Weather authorities said it was the highest rainfall since records began
  • Vides show passengers clinging to grab handles as water surged to shoulder height

Twelve people died after torrential rains flooded the subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, authorities said Wednesday, as shocking images surfaced on social media of passengers struggling with neck-high water inside a train car.

The city “has experienced a series of rare and heavy rains, causing water to build up in the Zhengzhou subway,” city officials said in a Weibo post, killing 12 people and injuring five.

Local media previously reported that two people had died when a wall collapsed in another district of the city.

According to Zhengzhou weather authorities, rainfall was the highest recorded since measurements began 60 years ago.

Some passengers stood on seats to try to escape the rising water

Passengers were trapped on trains on Zhengzhou’s flooded underground network yesterday. Shocking videos showed several trains stuck in rising water

Videos posted on social media show passengers in a flooded underground train car in downtown Zhengzhou clinging to handrails as the water rose to shoulder height, with some standing on chairs

Videos posted on social media show passengers in a flooded underground train car in downtown Zhengzhou clinging to handrails as the water rose to shoulder height, with some standing on chairs

Passengers of one of the stranded trains were rescued along the track as floodwaters poured down their feet

Passengers of one of the stranded trains were rescued along the track as floodwaters poured down their feet

According to the state-run People's Daily, which reported that houses have collapsed, at least one person has died and two more have been missing since the heavy rains began in Zhengzhou on Monday.

According to the state-run People’s Daily, which reported that houses have collapsed, at least one person has died and two more have been missing since the heavy rains began in Zhengzhou on Monday.

A Chinese city hit by violent storms that killed at least 12 people closed its flooded subway system on Tuesday and canceled hundreds of flights as it braces for further heavy downpours

A Chinese city hit by violent storms that killed at least 12 people closed its flooded subway system on Tuesday and canceled hundreds of flights as it braces for further heavy downpours

Videos posted on social media show passengers in a flooded underground train car in downtown Zhengzhou clinging to handles as the water rose to shoulder height, with some on seats.

Footage by state broadcaster CCTV showed water gushing through an empty underground platform.

The city’s metro operator said in a statement on Tuesday that it would close all stations on all its lines due to inclement weather.

The fire service shared reports on its official Weibo account that passengers were rescued from stranded trains, but did not post a statement of their own.

According to a passenger’s account, fire and rescue workers had opened a hole in the roof of her carriage and evacuated passengers one by one.

Citizens with umbrellas and rain ponchos wade through knee-deep floodwaters in Zhengzhou region

Citizens with umbrellas and rain ponchos wade through knee-deep floodwaters in Zhengzhou region

A view of a flooded road after rain showers in Zhengzhou city in central China's Henan province

A view of a flooded road after rain showers in Zhengzhou city in central China’s Henan province

Weather authorities issued the highest warning level for central Henan province as CCTV footage showed underwater cars, shuttered shops and residents of flooded streets rescued in rafts, one holding a baby.

Footage shows a man sitting on top of his half-sunken car in an underpass.

More than 10,000 people had been evacuated by Tuesday afternoon, provincial authorities said, warning 16 reservoirs had seen water rise to dangerous levels as torrential rains destroyed thousands of acres of crops and damaged about $11 million.

About 260 flights have been cancelled.

Floods are common during the rainy season in China, which causes annual chaos and washes away roads, crops and houses.

But the threat has worsened over the decades, in part due to the widespread construction of dams and levees that have severed links between the river and adjacent lakes and disrupted the floodplains that had helped contain the summer flood.

Earlier this month, hundreds of flights were canceled in the capital Beijing and other nearby cities. Schools and tourist sites were closed as torrential rains and gale force winds ravaged the region.

People move through floodwater after heavy rain in Zhengzhou city, braced with umbrellas and raincoats

People move through floodwater after heavy rain in Zhengzhou city, braced with umbrellas and raincoats

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