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Henan province: 25 people have died so far amid the floods
Published on: 2021-07-21
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Large swathes of Henan province were under water on Wednesday, with its capital Zhengzhou hardest-hit after being drenched by what weather forecasters said was the highest rainfall in 1,000 years.
 

In Zhengzhou, a city of over 12 million on the banks of the Yellow River, 25 people have died so far amid the floods, and about 100,000 people have been evacuated to safe zones.
 

The lives of millions of people in Henan have been upended since the weekend in an unusually active rainy season that has led to the rapid rise of a number of rivers in the Yellow River basin.
 

Streets in a dozen cities have been flooded, while dozens of water reservoirs and dams breached warning levels.
 

Overnight, local authorities said the rainfall had caused a 20-metre breach in the Yihetan dam in the city of Luoyang west of Zhengzhou, and that the dam "could collapse at any time".
 

Zhengzhou's flood control headquarters said the city's Guojiazui reservoir had been breached.
 

From the evening of Saturday until late Tuesday, 617.1 millimetres (mm) of rain had drenched Zhengzhou - almost on par with the annual average of 640.8 mm.
 

The level of rainfall in Zhengzhou witnessed over the three days was one seen only "once in a thousand years", local media cited meteorologists as saying.
 

郑州特大暴雨千年一遇
已造成郑州市区25人死亡

根据郑州市气象台统计:郑州20日16时~17时,一个小时的降雨量达到了201.9mm。19日20时到20日20时,单日降雨量552.5mm。17日20时到20日20时,三天的过程降雨量617.1mm。
 

其中小时降水,单日降水均已突破自1951年郑州建站以来60年的历史纪录。
 

郑州常年平均全年降雨量为640.8mm,相当于这三天下了以往一年的量。
 

由于遭遇罕见持续强降雨,郑州市常庄水库、郭家咀水库及贾鲁河等多处工程出现险情,郑州市区出现严重内涝,造成郑州市铁路、公路及民航交通受到严重影响。目前,已转移避险约10万人,洪灾已造成郑州市区25人死亡。

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