Today, Tuesday, June 20, heavy rains in the central Chinese province of Henan caused flooding in major rivers, flooding the streets of a dozen cities, leading to the closure of the famous Temple of Shaolin. Henan, a major logistics center, was hit by storms over the unusually active rainy weekend. Train services have been suspended, while many highways have been closed and flights delayed or canceled.
In the provincial capital Zhengzhou, On the banks of the Yellow River, at least three people died. Social media videos showed passengers in a flooded subway car in central Zhengzhou sticking to their handles as the water rose to shoulder height, with some standing in their seats. All stations on all metro lines were closed due to bad weather.
According to reports People daily, Government newspaper, Numerous houses collapsed. Local media also reported that a wall collapsed in Zhengzhou, killing two people. In Rusho, a town southwest of Zhengzhou, streets were turned into streams, destroying cars and other vehicles, social media footage showed.
The rising Yi River threatens to attack the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Longmen Grotos, with thousands of Buddhist statues carved into the limestone cliffs near the city of Luoyang. Like the Longmen Grotos, the Shaolin Temple in Tengfeng, a city famous in the West for its martial arts, has been temporarily closed. Also in Dengfeng, an aluminum alloy plant exploded on Tuesday as water from a river entered the factory.
At least 31 large and medium reservoirs in the province have exceeded the warning level.
– White Seven (wtw_tomy_) July 20, 2021
From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan recorded rainfall of more than 50 mm, of which 1,614 recorded 100 mm and 15 mm over 250 mm. According to the Provincial Meteorological Center, the city of Lushan received the heaviest rainfall of 498 mm.
“It has been the heaviest rain since I was born, and many familiar places have been flooded“It simply came to our notice then Kongi On Chinese social media. The rain is expected to stop by Thursday. Floods are common in China during the rainy season, causing annual chaos and destroying roads, crops and homes. But the threat has worsened over the decades, in part due to the widespread construction of flood-disrupting dykes and levees that helped absorb the summer uprising that disrupted communications between rivers and nearby lakes.
Earlier this month, hundreds of flights were canceled in the capital Beijing and other nearby cities, schools and tourist sites were closed, causing heavy rain and strong winds.