BEIJING: Residents of the storm-ravaged central Chinese city of Zhengzhou were on Thursday raking mud from their homes and clearing away piles of damaged cars and destroyed goods after floods engulfed the city and surrounding areas.
Rain continued in parts of Henan province, whose capital is Zhengzhou.
Roads have been turned into rivers and people are trapped in apartments, offices, hotels and rural homes in dozens of cities and towns.
In the worst-ever incident in Zhengzhou, 12 people died after floodwaters submerged the subway system on Tuesday night.
Eight other people are missing in the flood, according to official Xinhua news agency report.
According to state broadcaster CCTV, the storm front is now moving into northeastern Henan, affecting cities including Hebei, Anyang and Xinjiang.
According to the city’s weather agency, Xinjiang saw its heaviest rainfall in recorded history, with more than 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) in the 19 hours between Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon. The local government has urged people not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary.
With lakes and rivers in spate and water and power cuts, residents took to social media to seek help. Those postings said outside help was not coming and residents were relying on themselves.
State broadcaster CCTV reported that public transport in Anyang had been suspended and people were asked to work from home on Thursday.
Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people, saw drier conditions on Thursday, although large parts of the city remained under water. With subway stations flooded and trains stranded, the rains have collapsed roads and disrupted rail and air transport.
Water, electricity and gas supplies were also cut, and more than 40 temporary sites were set up in the city to provide clean water.
Zhengzhou is a major hub of China’s railway network and some trains were stuck on the tracks for 40 hours, forcing rescue workers to send food and water to passengers. According to the local newspaper, some were able to return to their place of departure, while other passengers had to be rescued at the place where they were stranded. Henan Daily.
CCTV said on its news app that more than 3 million people in Henan have been affected by the floods, and the direct economic damage is estimated at 1.2 billion yuan (US$189 million). Tens of thousands have been moved to emergency shelters.
According to the China Meteorological Administration, the rain in Henan will start weakening from Thursday night.
As rainstorms ease, Typhoon In-Fa is moving toward the coastal provinces of Taiwan and southeast mainland China.
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued a warning and said heavy rain or extremely heavy rain would affect the city of Taipei and other northern parts of the island by Thursday night.
China’s Meteorological Administration said the storm was expected to move over the Chinese mainland, with thunderstorms and thunderstorms hitting the financial center of Shanghai and the surrounding provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangsu.