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Tens of thousands evacuated as China’s storm moved north

On July 22, 2021, people holding umbrellas were walking in the flood at a bridge in Hebi City, Henan Province, China, in heavy rain.Reuters / Allison

July 22, 2021

Ryan Wu

Beijing (Reuters) – Tens of thousands have been evacuated from flood-hit areas in central China on Thursday as authorities raised the death toll from heavy rains that hit Henan for almost a week to 33.

Xinhua News Agency has reported a direct economic loss of 1.22 billion yuan ($ 189 million) so far, and as bad weather moves north, more cities are flooded and crops are destroyed. I did.

On Thursday, the Local Meteorological Bureau raised storm warnings for four cities in northern Henan (Shingo, Anyang, Hebi, and Jiaozuo) to red, the highest layer of a four-level color-coded weather warning system.

The dead included 12 people who were killed when the Zhengzhou subway, the capital city, about 650 km (400 miles) southwest of Beijing, was hit by a flood earlier this week. Eight people are listed as missing across the state.

According to the Xinhua News Agency, more than 73,000 people have been evacuated from Anyang City on the border between Henan and Hebei provinces after a rainfall of more than 600 mm from Monday.

Xinhua reported that Xinxiang, a small city north of Zhengzhou, recorded 812 mm of rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday, breaking local weather records. The city’s seven medium-sized reservoirs flooded and affected many nearby villages and towns.

By the end of Wednesday, more than 470,000 and more than 55,000 hectares of crops had been affected by the Xinhua heavy rains, and the local government had deployed a powerful search and rescue team of more than 76,000, according to the Xinhua News Agency. ..

In neighboring Hebei province, two people died when a tornado struck Baoding.

Due to the fatal flood of Zhengzhou subway, the government ordered local governments to immediately improve flood control and emergency response of urban traffic.

Media images showed commuters submerged in the deep water of a lightless hut. One subway station has been reduced to a large agitated pool.

The Ministry of Transport said local governments must immediately re-examine and remedy all hidden risks associated with rail transport.

“They must take urgent action, such as stopping trains, evacuating passengers, and closing stations in atypical situations such as excessively severe storms,” ​​the ministry said in a statement Thursday.

In Zhengzhou, it rained about 617.1 mm (24.3 inches) from Saturday to Tuesday. This is roughly equivalent to the city’s annual average of 640.8 mm (25.2 inches).

The timeliness of weather information provided by local weather services is also drawing public attention.

The state’s meteorological bureau told state media that it had issued a report two days ago warning of a torrential downpour.

From Monday evening, state-to-prefecture weather departments sent 120 million text messages to mobile phone users to warn mobile phone users of a storm, according to the Henan Department of Meteorology.

($ 1 = 6.4639 Chinese RMB)

(Fixed to correct typo in city names in paragraphs 3 and 9)

(Report by Ryan Woo, edited by Jane Wardell)



Tens of thousands evacuated as China’s storm moved north

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