ZHENGZHOU: A total of 12 people have been killed in the torrential rains in the downtown area of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of central China's Henan Province, the local government said.
About 100,000 people have been relocated to safe places, it added. The accumulated rainfall reached 449 millimeters (mm) on average in Zhengzhou from 6 p.m. on Sunday to midnight Tuesday.
Both Henan provincial and Zhengzhou municipal meteorological bureaus have raised the emergency response for meteorological disasters to level 1.
More than 160 trains stopped services at Zhengzhoudong Railway Station, stranding many passengers. Heavy rains in Henan are expected to last until Wednesday night, according to forecasts.
Reports said the region witnessed its heaviest rainfall in 60 years. The state flood control and drought relief bureau has dispatched a work group to Henan, initiating a level 3 emergency response rescue work. About 849 people have been rescued with 1,500 relocated as of press time.
The maximum precipitation in Zhengzhou reached 201.9 mm per hour, breaking the previous record of 198.5 mm in 1975, according to the national meteorological observatory.
From 8 p.m. on Saturday to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, precipitation in Zhengzhou had reached 617.1 mm with hourly and daily precipitation both breaking 60-year records, according to media reports.
The average yearly precipitation in Zhengzhou is 640.8 mm. The rain was induced by Typhoon "In-Fa," experts said.
A local resident surnamed Jiang in Zhengzhou told the Global Times that the residential compound where he lives is without electricity and water, and he said local residents did not expect such heavy rain. "Luckily, I have stocked up some food and water so that I can get through such extreme weather," he said.
A red alert has been issued. Zhengzhou authorities have enhanced surveillance to local rivers, reservoirs and infrastructure construction, and have suspended the operations of companies at risk and those with furnaces to prevent accidents.
Media reported that 1,102 families and 3,620 residents have been evacuated as of Tuesday.
Some passengers were trapped in the Line 5 subway in Zhengzhou by waist-high floods on Tuesday afternoon, media reported. Rescuers noted that the water had subsided in the subway and all passengers were safe.
Another resident surnamed Lü in Zhengzhou told the Global Times that she stayed at home for two days because of the heavy rain. As it is forecasted that the rain won't stop on Wednesday, she plans to stay at home for another day.