Footage broadcast by state news agency Xinhua and shared widely online shows passengers in Zhengzhou trapped inside a flooded subway car
, packed tightly together as the water climbs higher
. Outside the window
, dark floodwater rips past
, surging down the subway tracks
The city’s subway system
, which contains seven lines and
, suspended all operations after the incident
, according to provincial authorities
Più di 160 trains also stopped service in the city’s railway station
, stranding a large number of passengers
, secondo Xinhua
Other videos show residents on the street, water up to their hips, working desperately to pull out people trapped in an underground mall using ropes. One clip shared by state-run paper People’s Daily shows motorists on a road making a human chain, to prevent being swept away by the current as they struggle through rushing water.
The heavy rains also caused power outages across the city. One hospital in Zhengzhou, housing nearly 10,000 patients including more than 600 in condizioni critiche, faced an hours-long blackout Tuesday.
Though the rains have since eased
, problems are likely to persist
, as dams and reservoirs reach capacity
. In the early hours of Wednesday morning
, the Guojiaju dam near the city collapsed
, secondo public broadcaster CCTV
And in Yichun county
, a brigade of the Chinese military raced to blast a dam and divert the floods at the request of county authorities
, secondo i media statali CGTN
Più di 6,000 vigili del fuoco, e quasi 2,000 members of the police and Chinese military
, have been deployed for search and rescue operations
, secondo CGTN
. Footage from the ground shows soldiers and emergency teams rescuing residents on rafts and clearing toppled power lines
Though flooding during the summer months is an annual occurrence in parts of China, recent record breaking rains have alarmed scientists and officials, raising questions as to whether the country is prepared to deal with more extreme and unpredictable weather.
A report released last week by Greenpeace warned that major metropolitan regions around Beijing
, Shanghai and Guangzhou-Shenzhen were facing high risk from extreme heat and rainfall
— and the danger is growing fast for urbanizing communities on city outskirts
Secondo il rapporto, Beijing has seen the fastest rise in average temperature with an increase of 0.32 degrees Celsius every 10 anni. Guanzhou-Shenzhen has experienced 98 heat waves since 1961 — the majority of which have taken place in the past two decades.
Nel frattempo, rainfall is much more volatile, swinging from highs to lows. The report said if global greenhouse emissions peak around 2040, some parts of China like Shanghai would experience a more than 25% increase in extreme rainfall — while other areas, like northwestern Guangzhou-Shenzhen, would see more drought.