The dam operation was carried out on Tuesday night in Luoyang city, just as severe flooding overwhelmed Henan provincial capital Zhengzhou, trapping residents in the subway system and stranding them in schools, apartments. and offices.
Seven other people were reported missing, provincial officials said at a news conference.
A video posted on Twitter per news site The Paper showed subway passengers standing in chest-deep, muddy brown water as torrents roared in the outer tunnel.
Transportation and work have been disrupted across the province, and rain has turned the streets into fast-flowing rivers, washing away cars and reaching people’s homes.
At least 10 trains carrying about 10,000 passengers stopped, including three for more than 40 hours, according to Caixin, a business news magazine. Sections of 26 roads were closed due to rain, Ministry of Transport he said on his social media account.
A power outage turned off the fans at the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, forcing staff to use hand-pumped airbags to help patients breathe, according to the city communist party committee. He said that more than 600 patients were being transferred to other hospitals.
A woman aboard a subway in a flooded tunnel told her husband that the water was nearly up to his neck and passengers were having trouble breathing. Henan Business Journal the newspaper reported.
She said that staff at a subway station told her husband that all the passengers had been evacuated, but acknowledged that it was not after he initiated a video chat with his wife on his cell phone showing that he was still on board. .
The precise times and locations of the deaths and disappearances were not immediately clear, although the province said more than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety.
Henan province has many cultural sites and is an important base for industry and agriculture. It is crossed by multiple waterways, many of them linked to the Yellow River, which has a long history of flooding during periods of heavy rainfall.
State media showed waist-high waters Wednesday, with rain still falling.
North of Zhengzhou, the famous Shaolin Temple, known for its mastery of the martial arts of its Buddhist monks, was also badly affected.
China routinely experiences floods during the summer, but the growth of cities and the conversion of agricultural land into subdivisions has worsened the impact of such events.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres sent a letter to China’s President Xi Jinping “ to convey his deepest condolences on the tragic loss of life and devastation, ” Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq said on Wednesday.
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