Heavy rain soaks Henan

Rescue operation: A family being evacuated to safety in a digger in flood-hit Zhengzhou. — Reuters

HENAN: While life in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, is expected to go back to normal soon after the deadly floods, the situation in the nearby city of Xinxiang has been turning grim as downpours swelled local rivers and caused a dam breach in one location.

As of Friday, the disaster had claimed at least 56 lives in the province and five people remained missing. The direct economic losses caused by the torrential rains in Zhengzhou have climbed to 65.5bil yuan (RM42.3bil).

The widespread flooding has led to the relocation of almost 396,000 people, local authorities said in a news release.

From Saturday morning to Wednesday morning, precipitation in Zhengzhou exceeded its annual average of 641mm. The precipitation of 201.9mm the city received between 4pm and 5pm on Tuesday broke the record for hourly precipitation in the country’s land areas.

With the support of thousands of people from other parts of the nation, the operation of many facilities paralysed by the torrential rainfall was expected to be restored over the weekend, said the city’s government.

It added that together with 5,290 soldiers, 30,000 police officers, 164,000 volunteers and over 400,000 officials and Communist Party of China members, over 5,000 rescuers from outside Henan were working in the forefront of disaster relief work in the city.

The city has seen its communications system essentially restored. It is expected to completely resume the water supply today.

The operation of all tunnels and flyovers were expected to be restored yesterday.

With the help of over 10,000 technicians from 24 provincial-level regions across the country, 3,600 employees of local power grid companies were scheduled to restore the power supply yesterday.

However, Xinxiang was still struggling on Friday to cope with ongoing torrential rains, which had triggered a flood control alert in several rivers and left some villages isolated. — China Daily/ANN

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