China's central Henan province receives highest rainfall in 1,000 years


Posted on 21 July 2021


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Large swaths of China's central Henan province were flooded on Wednesday, with Zhengzhou, the province's capital, being the most impacted after receiving the greatest rainfall in 1,000 years, according to weather experts. According to the official Xinhua news agency, which cited the local administration, 12 people have perished so far in the floods in Zhengzhou, a metropolis of over 12 million people on the banks of the Yellow River. About 100,000 people have been evacuated to safe zones. Since the weekend, the lives of millions of people in Henan have been disrupted by exceptionally active heavy rain, which has resulted in the fast rising of several rivers in the Yellow River basin. Hundreds of water reservoirs and dams have surpassed warning thresholds, flooding streets in a dozen cities. Local officials claimed overnight that heavy rain had caused a 20-meter breach in the Yihetan dam near Luoyang, west of Zhengzhou, and that the dam "could collapse at any time."


Key Points

  • Large swaths of China's central Henan province were flooded on Wednesday, with Zhengzhou, the province's capital, being the most impacted after receiving the greatest rainfall in 1,000 years, according to weather experts.

  • About 100,000 people have been evacuated to safe zones. 

  • Local officials claimed overnight that heavy rain had caused a 20-meter breach in the Yihetan dam near Luoyang, west of Zhengzhou, and that the dam "could collapse at any time."


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