Heavy Rains and Deadly Floods in China Shut Down Subways.


“I have lived in Zhengzhou all my life and have never seen such a heavy rainstorm as today, July 20, 2021…” where passengers were trapped in waist-high water.”

— Wang Guirong, restaurant manager in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China

 

Heavy rain and flooding washed away trucks and cars and stopped train services on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in China's Henan Province where twelve people also died in the floods and 100,000 residents have been moved to "safe zones." Click to enlarge.
Heavy rain and flooding washed away trucks and cars and stopped train services on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, in China’s Henan Province where twelve people also died in the floods and 100,000 residents have been moved to “safe zones.” Click to enlarge.

July 20, 2021  Zhengzhou, Capitol of Henan Province, China – This is China’s annual “rainy season,” but no one has been prepared for the nearly 8 inches of rain that  fell in one hour on Tuesday, July 20, 2021, causing the Yellow River in Zhengzhou to overflow its banks. Ninety-four million people live in China’s Henan Province and heavy rainfall has now killed at least 12 people in the capitol while more than 100,000 people are now trying to survive in “safe zones.”

Bus trapped in deep flood waters on July 20, 2021, in Zhengzhou, China. Click to enlarge.
Bus trapped in deep flood waters on July 20, 2021, in Zhengzhou, China. Click to enlarge.

 

 

July 19-20, 2021 — Flooding Inside Zhengzhou Subway and Streets

Flood images by U. K. Sky News, July 19-20, 2021. See video link below in More Information.
Flood images by U. K. Sky News, July 19-20, 2021. See video link below in More Information.

 

Will the Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam Collapse?

The Chinese army contacted media to warn that the Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam is badly damaged by the torrential rains and “could collapse at any time.” Evacuations around the dam have been ordered by the local government.

The Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam in Luoyang, China's central Henan Province, has been overwhelmed with flooding rain waters since July 5, 2021, when this aerial photo was taken by AFP. Click to enlarge.
The Xiaolangdi Reservoir Dam in Luoyang, China’s central Henan Province, has been overwhelmed with flooding rain waters since July 5, 2021, when this aerial photo was taken by AFP. Click to enlarge.
Residents rescued from heavy rainfall flooding in Hefei, Anhui province, China on July 8, 2021. Image by China Daily via Reuters.
Residents rescued from heavy rainfall flooding in Hefei, Anhui province, China on July 8, 2021. Image by China Daily via Reuters. Click to enlarge.

More Information:

Sky News Video Excerpts of Flooding:  https://news.sky.com/story/amp/china-floods-people-trapped-on-subway-trains-as-city-sees-more-rain-in-an-hour-than-flood-hit-germany-in-three-days-12359980


Websites:

NASA Global Climate Change:  https://climate.nasa.gov/

Columbia Climate School: The Earth Institute:  https://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/1963

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