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Heaviest rain in 1000 years kills 25 in Zhengzhou

A resident on a flooded road in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Photo: Reuters

China’s central Henan province was under intense down pour on Wednesday, with at least 25 people dead in its capital Zhengzhou after the city was drenched by what weather watchers said was the heaviest rain in 1,000 years.

Reuters reports that there will be more rain forecast across Henan for the next three days, the government of Zhengzhou, a city of over 12 million on the banks of the Yellow River.

It says 12 people were reported to have died in a flooded subway line, while more than 500 were pulled to safety.

Due to the rain, the authorities halted bus services, as the vehicles are powered by electricity.

From the evening of Saturday until late Tuesday, 617.1 millimetres (mm) of rain fell in Zhengzhou, about 650 km (400 miles) southwest of Beijing. That’s almost on par with Zhengzhou’s annual average of 640.8 mm.

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