How 'once in a millennium' rainfall overwhelmed Zhengzhou

An aerial view shows a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, China, on July 23, 2021.
An aerial view shows a flooded road following heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, China, on July 23, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS
Soldiers clean up a street following floods in Zhengzhou, Henan, on July 24, 2021.
Soldiers clean up a street following floods in Zhengzhou, Henan, on July 24, 2021.PHOTO: AFP
People ride on a front loader as they make their way through floodwaters in Zhengzhou, Henan, on July 23, 2021.
People ride on a front loader as they make their way through floodwaters in Zhengzhou, Henan, on July 23, 2021.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - The evening of July 20 left a devastating memory for many people in Zhengzhou, Henan province, as record rainfall inundated the central China metropolis.

Torrential rain turned streets into rivers, flooding subways and road tunnels just as commuters were making their way home. More than 500 people were stranded in subway carriages when floodwaters burst into the metro system. They struggled for hours amid thinning air and rising water before they were rescued, but some didn't make it out alive.

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