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Unprecedented Floods Hit Central China

At least 13 people were killed and over a lakh evacuated in China’s central Henan province hit by the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years, prompting President Xi Jinping on Wednesday to deploy the Army to rescue those trapped in inundated subways, hotels and public places, amid fears of collapse of a dam posing flood risk to the provincial capital.

July 21, 2021

Rescuers use a motorized raft bridge to evacuate residents from a flooded rural area in Xinxiang in central China's Henan Province. The death toll from catastrophic flooding in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou has continued to rise, state media reported Friday.

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Chinese military personnel evacuate residents from a hospital where about 3,000 people were trapped by the flood in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, residents move their belongings across a flooded street in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province. China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces, as the death toll in widespread flooding rose to more than two dozens.

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In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, firefighters pump rainwater from a road underpass in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan province.

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A man rides a bicycle through a flooded intersection in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province.

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People walk through floodwaters along a street in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province. China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of its most heavily populated provinces. The operation late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang came after several people died in severe flooding in the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where residents were trapped in the subway system and left stranded at schools, apartments and offices.

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Vehicles are stranded after a heavy downpour in Zhengzhou city, central China's Henan province. Heavy flooding has hit central China following unusually heavy rains, with the subway system in the city of Zhengzhou inundated with rushing water.

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Heavy downpour in Zhengzhou city, central China's Henan province. Heavy flooding has hit central China following unusually heavy rains, with the subway system in the city of Zhengzhou inundated with rushing water.

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People move through flood water after a heavy downpour in Zhengzhou city, central China's Henan province.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, staff members set up warning signs with the words "Danger!" at a waterlogged area in Wuzhi County in central China's Henan Province. At least a dozen people died in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight.

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, vehicles pass through floodwaters in Zhengzhou in central China's Henan Province.

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Rescuers build embankments to pump out water from a flooded tunnel in Zhuhai city in south China's Guangdong province.

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Rescuers build embankments to pump out water from a flooded tunnel in Zhuhai city in south China's Guangdong province.

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