Xinhua News, China’s state-run news agency, reported extensive flooding in China’s Henan Province had killed at least 25 people after days of the heaviest rain in 1,000 years jammed the region’s roadways and subway systems, forcing at least 100,000 residents to evacuate.
More rainstorms are expected to lash the province’s central, western, and northern areas in the next 24 hours until Thursday, as Xinhua reported. Some areas receive up to 2.8 inches of rain per hour and 11 inches in a single day. However, weather Spark also warns that quantity is significantly over the typical monthly rainfall in Henan at this time of year, which is generally around 8 inches for the entire month.
Insider Paper shared a video of subway passengers in Zhengzhou, Henan’s capital, standing in water up to their waists in train cars waiting to be rescued.
Zhengzhou was hit with almost 18 inches of rainfall between Monday and Tuesday, while more than 8 inches of rain–about a month’s worth–fell in one hour on Tuesday afternoon.
Other videos showed catastrophic scenes of flooding after the ‘historic’ rain.
In a statement posted on its website, the Zhengzhou local government warned that the “flood control situation is grim,” with the possibility of disaster “extremely high.”
“This is the heaviest rain since I was born, with so many familiar places flooded,” said a user on Chinese social media.
The floods in Western Europe and the recent deadly heatwave in parts of the Western United States and Canada have brought the climate crisis into sharper focus. As a result, politicians and climate experts alike warn that the international community must step up its efforts to combat climate change.