While the death toll increased to 25 in the flood disaster that occurred as a result of the largest rainfall in the last 1000 years that hit Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province of China, the search for 7 people who disappeared continues.
In addition, the People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) exploded a dam in the region to evacuate the heavy floodwaters.
In the state where approximately 94 million people live, the subway was also flooded. On the other hand, transportation and working life were interrupted throughout the region and more than 100,000 people were evacuated to safe areas. Henan is an important base for agriculture in China.
It was stated that the famous Shaolin temple in the state was also damaged due to the flood.
As meteorologists predict more rain across the Henan province for the next three days, President Xi Jinping deployed as many as 5,700 People’s Liberation Army soldiers to the city, nearly 650 km southwest of Beijing, for search and rescue operations.
On Wednesday, Xi took note of the “significant loss of life and damage to property.” The state media quoted him as saying that the rainfall has made the flood control situation very severe, with water levels at alarming levels in rivers and damages to dams. While sections of railways have been suspended, several flights have also been cancelled.
The president ordered all authorities to organize flood relief forces and highlighted the need to minimize casualties as well as take care of hygiene and disease control to prevent epidemics.