Cars float and sink when the record for rain almost drowns in central China

Cars float and sink when the record for rain almost drowns in central China

A record of rainfall in the devastated parts of central China’s Henan province on Wednesday left cars floating in the city and flooding or sinking on flooded streets. The rains damaged the daily lives of many passengers, as the roads became muddy rivers, leaving many people trapped in the flood waters at the waist along the streets.

Motorcyclists were driving through flood waters and stopped vehicles as it was almost impossible to walk through the water. Several cars that were landed or parked were swept away by fast currents and covered in debris and dirt brought by the water, the BBC reported. They cleaned some cars and formed a pile of damaged and soiled vehicles.

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Water accumulated in the streets due to the breaking of several dams and reservoirs that reached beyond the warning level. Transport links between cities via roads or trains were damaged.

A subway station in Zhengzhou region was flooded and left several passengers stuck in the dark amid deep chest water. About a dozen people were killed in the subway floods and about 500 people were rescued from the station which became a large swimming pool. Aside from this unfortunate incident, several other people were killed in the rains, killing at least 25 people.

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The heavy rains in central China are the heaviest rains in about 1,000 years and have so far affected at least twelve cities in Henan province. Across the region, several citizens have been rescued from those stuck in the streets, subways, schools, offices, etc., and nearly 200,000 have been evacuated. There has also been significant damage to properties.

Heavy rains also damaged parts of Germany and Belgium in their daily lives and damaging properties. Heavy rains in Indian cities in Mumbai and Delhi, among others, damaged vehicles and caused massive traffic. They also complained about the incidents of vehicles trapped in the holes in the Delhi sink.

(Reuters tickets)

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