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25 die as roads, underground inundated in China flooding

25 die as roads, underground inundated in China flooding

DPA
Beijing
At least 25 people were killed as torrential rain lashed China’s central province of Henan, causing landslides and flooding that partially submerged the underground rail system of Zhengzhou.
About 200,000 residents were evacuated as of Wednesday as soldiers led rescue efforts in Zhengzhou – a city of more than 10 million people – where days of rain have inundated the streets and subway, local government officials said.
More than 1 million people were affected in the surrounding province of Henan, of which Zhengzhou is the capital.
Saving lives was the “top priority,” Chinese President Xi Jinping was quoted as saying in the state media. Videos showed how some of the multi-lane roads in the metropolis of 9 million people turned into raging rivers. Cars floated in the floods.
Water and electricity supplies were cut off in many places. Traffic was paralysed.
The floodwaters inundated the underground system, where hundreds of people were trapped on trains and also in tunnels, as reported by state media.