Chinese subway passengers trapped after heavy rainstorm

Chinese subway passengers trapped after heavy rainstorm
Chinese subway passengers trapped after heavy rainstorm
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Subway passengers in Zhengzhou, China's Henan province, were trapped Tuesday by rising rainwater as rivers overflowed their banks, flooding streets and disrupting trains after 200mm of rainfall in one hour.

The footage circulated on the Internet shows metro passengers in muddy water almost shoulder-deep in a train carriage, and the railroad service was suspended amid the chaos caused by the flood. According to the latest data, 12 people died in the flooded metro.

While no fatalities or injuries have been reported, the province's transportation infrastructure has been severely damaged by severe storms and heavy rains since the weekend. Henan is a major regional transport hub, but roads and tunnels were severely flooded, in some areas cars and buses floated in muddy flood waters and streams of water flowed through the streets.

Elsewhere in the province, water levels in the Yi River threaten to wreak havoc on the UNESCO-listed Longmen Buddhist grottoes, which house statues dating back millennia.

The flood triggered an explosion at an aluminum alloy plant in Dengfeng, Henan, after water poured through the walls of the plant and entered a high-temperature solution in a tank, creating a fireball at the plant. It is believed that no one was injured or killed at the plant, although Dengfeng Power Group has not yet made public comments on the incident.

From Saturday to Tuesday, meteorological stations in Henan province recorded rainfall in excess of 50 mm, with 1614 monitoring points recording over 100 mm and 151 over 250 mm.

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