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Death toll rises as passengers recount horror of China subway floods

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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At least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in central China, as authorities ramp up rescue and recovery efforts following devastating floods that submerged entire neighborhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers.

(CNN)At least 33 people have died and eight remain missing in central China, as authorities ramp up rescue and recovery efforts following devastating floods that submerged entire neighborhoods, trapped passengers in subway cars, caused landslides and overwhelmed dams and rivers.

Torrential rains have battered Henan province since last weekend, displacing hundreds of thousands of people and causing 1. 22 billion yuan (about $190 million) of economic damage, Henan authorities said Thursday.

Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of 12 million people, is one of the worst-hit areas, with 12 killed after being trapped for hours on a flooded subway line.

In a post on microblogging site Weibo, a woman said water started to seep into the subway train soon after it came to a stop in between two stations.

It kept rising as more water filled the tunnel and seeped through gaps between the subway car doors.

Henan authorities said the intensity of the downpour was unprecedented, with more than 20 centimeters (7. 8 inches) of rain dumping onto Zhengzhou in one hour on Tuesday afternoon -- accounting for one third of the city's annual rainfall recorded last year.

Zhengzhou's meteorological station has described the level of rainfall as "once in a thousand years. " Henan's water resources department, meanwhile, has called rain levels in parts of the province "once in 5,000 years. "

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