Zhengzhou, July 22
Scenes of destruction and desperation have emerged from the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou, where record-breaking rainfall led to devastating floods. One video which has been widely shared on social media shows cars floating down an inundated road. Around 200,000 residents were evacuated in Zhengzhou and at least 25 people died after torrential rains caused landslides and flooding in the capital of Henan province, reports news agency AFP. The rainfall in the region was the heaviest since record-keeping began 60 years ago.
According to a Bloomberg report, the city was 18 inches of of rain fall in the 24 hours through 5 pm on Tuesday that submerged the subway – killing at least 12 people – upturned trees, flooded houses and left people scrambling for safety.
One horrifying video that has emerged from the disaster shows dozens of cars submerged almost completely in water. The video, shared by Chinese state-affiliated media ShanghaiEye, shows cars floating like paper boats down a flooded road.
Affected by this year's sixth typhoon In-fa, Henan Province in the central China suffered a historic heavy rain. The provincial capital Zhengzhou City has recorded the highest single-day rainfall in the past two days. pic.twitter.com/zhfjs7ylXo— ShanghaiEye (@ShanghaiEye) July 20, 2021
“Affected by this year’s sixth typhoon In-fa, Henan Province in the central China suffered a historic heavy rain. The provincial capital Zhengzhou City has recorded the highest single-day rainfall in the past two days,” the media outlet wrote while sharing the video on Twitter.