Over 7.5 million people affected by flooding in China

Over 7.5 million people affected by flooding in China
Over 7.5 million people affected by flooding in China
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More than 7.5 million people have been affected by flooding in central China, according to Henan provincial authorities. At least 56 people have died and five more are reported missing, the government said in a statement. About 585,000 people were temporarily evacuated from their homes, and another 919,000 were relocated.

Work continued on Saturday in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou to clear a flooded road tunnel in which dozens of people are believed to have drowned.

Authorities have not released the final death toll, but many people have posted on social media that they are looking for missing family members who they fear are trapped in the tunnel.

A Fujian Qiaolong Emergency Equipment Company employee at the scene said the operation had lasted two days and some areas were still flooded with water up to two meters.

According to him, some of the cars were saved, but there are others that were sunk at the bottom of the tunnel, and it will probably take at least another day to pump out the water.

The deadly floods, which the local authorities have figuratively called "an event that happens once in a thousand years," caused significant destruction in Zhengzhou and cut off electricity and water supplies.

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