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    Update: Death toll reaches 25 from severe flooding in Central China’s Henan

    The death toll has climbed to 25, with 7 missing from severe flooding in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan Province on Wednesday. A total of 1.24 million were affected in the province that has been ravaged by torrential rains and 160,000 were evacuated as rescue continued to poure into the province with the People's Liberation Army mobilized.


    12 died and 5 were injured in a flooded subway line in Zhengzhou, the capital of the province, which has been the hardest-hit in the province.


    Gongyi county, west to downtown Zhengzhou, saw torrential rain, floods, inundation, landslides that destroyed buildings and roads since Tuesday. At least six in the county have died as of Wednesday afternoon, while the restoration of electricity and communication cables remains difficult.


    When Global Times reporters arrived on Wednesday, paralyzed Zhenzhou East Railway Station, which sees in and off of more than 600 trains a day, was flooded with water and mud. Many stranded passengers were sent to safe places in the city and the station is distributing food and water to those who are still there.


    A downtown campus of a major hospital First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University is still out of power except its ICU department. Some 600 critically ill patients are being transferred to other hospitals as the floodwater, which devoured the first floor on Tuesday evening, has receded.


    Cars are piled together on streets and most business remain closed.


    Electricity in many parts has not been restored and as many signal stations were destroyed, communications were difficult and unstable. In the first three hours of Global Times reporters' stay, the communications were unimpeded for only a few minutes.


    Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday demanded that authorities at all levels must give top priority to ensuring people's safety and property, and carefully and strictly implement the flood prevention and disaster relief measures.


    He ordered authorities at all levels to promptly organize flood prevention and disaster relief forces, properly accommodate those affected, strictly prevent secondary disasters, and minimize casualties and property losses.


    The People's Liberation Army and the People's Armed Police Force must actively assist local authorities in emergency rescue and relief work, said Xi.


    As of 7 am on Wednesday, 36,000 people in Zhengzhou were seriously affected by the disaster, and nearly 200,000 people were relocated, according to Zhengzhou municipal government.


    Heavy rainfall caused serious water accumulation at the Wulongkou parking lot and its surrounding areas on subway line 5. The water rushed out of the retaining wall of the entrance line and entered the main line section, causing subway line 5 to be suspended at the Beach Temple Street station and Shakou Road station, the Zhengzhou government said.


    "The rain is too heavy, and the water on the road outside the station rises to lower leg. I was stocked with many other passengers at the station exit for about an hour until I booked a hotel room nearby," a high school teacher surnamed Wang who was trapped in the subway station of Wuyi Park on Line 5 at around 4 pm on Tuesday told the Global Times.


    Wang said that she felt fortunate that she was not strapped inside the subway, but after arriving at the hotel, she found that the hotel has no electricity and water, and did not know when it would recover.


    Mountainous Mihe township west to Zhengzhou was flooded earlier on Tuesday causing many residents to be relocated to the nearby government buildings. Another round of search for the missing started Wednesday morning. Electricity and communications went off at Tuesday 1:30 pm and were not restored as of Wednesday morning.


    Amid heavy rainfall, the First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University reported a blackout on Tuesday night, forcing medical staff to use airbags one-on-one to provide artificial oxygen to patients in need. About 600 critically ill patients were waiting to be transferred, according to media reports.


    A netizen who claimed to be a child of a doctor from the intensive care unit of the respiratory department of the hospital said that medical staff were assigned to each patient's bed to pinch a balloon to maintain normal breathing of patients. "The ventilator can't work normally. I am very worried about how long my dad's severe respiratory patients can last."


    From Sunday to Wednesday, Zhengzhou was experiencing rare heavy rainfall, with the average cumulative precipitation reaching 445 millimeters, the Zhengzhou government said.


    The rainfall in Zhengzhou between 4 pm and 5 pm on Tuesday reached 201.9 millimeters, exceeding the extreme hourly rainfall recorded in China, the Central Meteorological Observatory said.


    The daily rainfall recorded at 10 national meteorological observatories in Henan Province broke the historic meteorological records. From Tuesday and Wednesday morning, precipitation in central and northernern Henan was between 250 and 350 millimeters and the precipitation in Zhengzhou was 500-657 millimeters, which is almost the annual precipitation.


    This rainfall in Zhengzhou is regarded as the heaviest in 60 years. Meteorologists say the typhoon near South China and the topography of the region could be the major reasons for the unusual torrential rainfall.


    Meteorologists said that typhoon "Yanhua," which is approaching East China's Fujian Province, exerted "remote control" over Henan. Water vapor is pushed from the sea to Henan following the path of the typhoon as well as air currents.


    When the airflow hits the mountains in Henan, it converges and shoots upwardwhich causes rainfall to be concentrated in this region, they said.


    Update: Death toll reaches 25 from severe flooding in Central China’s Henan - Global Times

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    Amazing flooding. Watch the bit below from 15 secs - 45 secs where the cars are bobbing around like apples in a barrell ... to the striken underground train with passangers waist, then shoulder deep in water INSIDE the train.


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    How long before someone says floods in Europe, floods in China, fires in California... PROOF of global warming/climate change/climate emergency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Amazing flooding. Watch the bit below from 15 secs - 45 secs where the cars are bobbing around like apples in a barrell ... to the striken underground train with passangers waist, then shoulder deep in water INSIDE the train.

    Good thing those fookers trapped in there submerged subway carriage kept there masks on. Wouldn't want anyone getting covid eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    How long before someone says floods in Europe, floods in China, fires in California... PROOF of global warming/climate change/climate emergency?
    Perhaps you should look sometimes on news...(once you take a hard deserved break from placing series of your funny "Jack-in-box")

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Perhaps you should look sometimes on news...
    Funnily enough as I typed that comment I overheard ABC Australia news comment the China is blaming it on climate change.



    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    (once you take a hard deserved break from placing series of your funny "Jack-in-box")
    Nice to be appreciated.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    How long before someone says floods in Europe, floods in China, fires in California... PROOF of global warming/climate change/climate emergency?
    You mean confirmation of what they have been predicting for decades?

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    No. I mean confirmation bias

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    No. I mean confirmation bias
    Well they have literally been predicting more extreme weather events for decades.

    So this year we have had record heatwaves and record floods.

    Where does confirmation bias come into it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Where does confirmation bias come into it?
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    decades.
    Here.

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    People flee surging floods in China as typhoon approaches



    ZHENGZHOU, CHINA: Villagers were evacuated over makeshift bridges today (July 23) as floods submerged swathes of central China, following a historic deluge that claimed at least 33 lives, while a typhoon threatened to bring more misery as it headed towards the country’s east coast.

    Millions have been affected by the floods in Henan province, trapping people for days without fresh food or water, pulverising roads as they breached embankments and caking whole areas in thick mud.


    In the worst-hit city of Zhengzhou firefighters today continued to pump the muddy water from tunnels including a subway where at least a dozen people drowned inside a train earlier in the week as a year’s worth of rainfall dumped down in just three days.


    Overnight heavy rain saw floods surge northwards to Xinxiang and its surrounding areas where vast swathes of farmland were inundated and the town cut off as the Wei River burst its banks, thwarting efforts to plug the gaps with trucks.


    Ariel footage showed rescuers using temporary bridges today to move hundreds of residents to safety, as tree tops poking above the water were the only sign of land for miles.


    “Presently, nearly 9,000 people have been safely transferred,” state broadcaster CCTV said, adding authorities were evacuating “the remaining 19,000 people.”


    Videos shared over social media have provided a raw window into the destructive power of the floods, which tossed cars into piles and sucked pedestrians towards storm drains.


    Harrowing footage from passengers trapped inside the subway at rush hour, where waters rose from ankle to neck height, pinballed across China’s Twitter-like Weibo as questions were asked about why the underground network was allowed to operate during an unprecedented storm.



    Coastal warning


    Meteorologists are now anxiously watching the progress of Typhoon In Fa which has already dumped heavy rainfall on Taiwan and the east coast of China and is expected to make landfall from Sunday, in an area home to tens of millions of people.


    “After landing, In-fa may circulate in the east China region, bringing long periods of extremely heavy rainfall,” the National Meteorological Centre said.


    During Saturday and Sunday’s high tides “coastal areas should guard against the combined impact of wind, rain and tides,” it added, warning the public to prepare for a major weather event.


    Questions have been asked on how China’s bulging cities could be better prepared for freak weather events, which experts say are happening with increased frequency and intensity due to climate change.


    Henan province is marked by rivers, dams and reservoirs, many constructed decades ago to manage the flow of floodwater and irrigate the agricultural region.


    State media has rebuked suggestions that dams played a part in subverting the normal flow of water.


    Stories of remarkable survival and tragedy have emerged as floods retreat from southern parts of Henan, with a baby dug out from a collapsed house while her mother died in the debris.


    Locals in Gongyi yesterday recounted stories of being pulled from flooded homes to safety or scrambling to higher floors unable to flee.


    “We couldn’t evacuate in time because my elderly disabled grandma couldn’t leave the house,” one 16-year-old school student surnamed Zhang, who said their house was completely flooded, told AFP. “I was pretty scared I’d drown.”


    People flee surging floods in China as typhoon approaches

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Here.
    So.......

    "Climate change will cause extreme weather events like flooding and heatwaves".


    "Oh look, there is the extreme flooding and heatwaves we told you were coming".


    "You've got confirmation bias!".



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    this will be a lot of dead people

    https://twitter.com/s7i5fv0joz6sv3a/...568300546?s=21

    Translation: [Global Times Reporter Hu Yuwei, Fan Wei] The 1835-meter-long Jingguang Tunnel is a "throat" of the Jingguang Expressway that runs through the north and south in Zhengzhou. Along this road, there are many important points in Zhengzhou. As the transportation hub, you can reach Zhengzhou North Railway Station to the north and Zhengzhou Bus Terminal to the south. And just above the tunnel is adjacent to the West Square of Zhengzhou Railway Station.

    On July 20, the "artery" that "connected" Zhengzhou's main transportation hub was severely congested due to heavy rains in Zhengzhou. Recently, several videos circulated on the Internet showed that at 4 o'clock that afternoon, when a large amount of rain poured into the tunnel and formed a critical moment of serious waterlogging, a man patted the windows of the vehicle in the tunnel one by one, and the organization was at a loss. The driver evacuated. Just after the drivers obeyed the man’s call and abandoned their vehicles to a high place for emergency escape for about ten minutes, the Jingguang Tunnel was completely “filled up” by floods.

    On the afternoon of the 23rd, the highly anticipated drainage dredging and rescue work of the Jingguang Road Tunnel in Zhengzhou City is still in full swing
    在郑州隧道吼人下车的男子找到了:“我们逃出二十分钟后,京广北路隧道全淹了”

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    So.......

    "Climate change will cause extreme weather events like flooding and heatwaves".


    "Oh look, there is the extreme flooding and heatwaves we told you were coming".


    "You've got confirmation bias!".


    Climate emergency will cause the sun to rise.

    Wow, the sun rose today, climate emergency must be real!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    Climate emergency will cause the sun to rise.

    Wow, the sun rose today, climate emergency must be real!
    Yeah, except no-one said that.

    What are you smoking?

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    Emergency evacuations underway in two cities in Henan, facing swollen dykes


    Xinxiang and Hebi, two cities in Central China's Henan Province hit by a heavy deluge on Friday, have kicked off emergency evacuation of some of the residents due to lingering and potentially perilous waterlogging there.


    During a visit to Xinxiang on Saturday, the Global Times found that a broken dike segregating the city's main drainage channels - the Weihe River and the Communist Canal - caused the rivers to interweave and to back up into the city and soon flooding nearby villages.


    The Global Times reporters took a giant excavator in Xinxiang bypassing some of the villages late on Saturday night because the water in low-lying areas has reached 1.6 meters deep. Floodwater drainage is in full swing.


    Some of the areas nearby the broken dike in Xinxiang were stricken by flooding up to two or three meters deep. Tens of thousands of people were reportedly stuck.


    Rescue efforts there began at 7 am on Saturday, with military and civilian rescue groups totaling thousands of people rushing to evacuate stranded residents from nearby villages. They worked from early morning to late night on Saturday.


    Various types of professional rescue equipment, including kayaks and speedboats were used.


    Vulnerable groups, elderly and children, were given priority and were carried on the backs of rescue workers, before being sent to nearby "temporary shelters" set up by the local government.


    Media reported that as of July 24, there are more than 10,000 people trapped in Xinxiang city waiting to be evacuated. As of 1am on Friday, the flooding has affected 1,710,862 people, including 158,456 people who were relocated in emergency.


    And, 208 houses have collapsed . The direct economic loss is about 1.94 billion yuan ($0.3b).


    A government document seen by the Global Times showed that Hebi, a city also badly hit by the disaster, decided to requisite some residence for flood storage on Friday. Evacuation works at all 17 villages nearby were underway before the upcoming flood discharge.


    The Henan branch of the Chinese People's Armed Police has been working in full force since Thursday to fill a dike breach at the Communist Canal in Xinxiang by using sandbags, rocks and abandoned trucks.


    As of press time, the 100-meter long and 8-meter-deep breach has been largely restored, and expectedly to be filled on Sunday.


    Long hours in the water and high temperatures have left many armed police soldiers with a thick rash on their bodies. Some ran a fever, but no one chickened out.

    Emergency evacuations underway in two cities in Henan, facing swollen dykes - Global Times

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    swollen dykes
    There's Withnail's next Pornhub search right there.

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