Torrential rain has caused severe flooding in China, forcing people to flee their homes and submerging stations and roads, according to officials.
Following the record rainfall, more than 10,000 people in China’s Henan province have been evacuated to shelters. According to the BBC, at least 12 people have died in the city of Zhengzhou since the flooding began.
More than a dozen cities have been impacted, with major roads closed and flights cancelled.
Following an unusually active rainy season, Henan province, which has a population of 94 million people, has issued its highest level of weather warning.
Flooding is caused by a variety of factors, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change increases the likelihood of heavy rainfall.
According to the BBC, images on social media showed entire streets submerged, with cars and debris floating in the fast-moving floodwaters.
There is also concern that a dam in Henan province may collapse as a result of the recent storms.
According to officials, a 20-metre breach has appeared in the dam in Luoyang city. Soldiers have been deployed to the area, and the army has warned that it could “collapse at any time.”
Unverified video footage from Zhengzhou showed passengers in flooded subway carriages with water reaching their shoulders.
Rescuers were seen using rope to pull people to safety, while others stood on train seats to try to stay above the water.
It is unknown how many people are still trapped, if any, but hundreds have been rescued so far.
One user, Xiaopei, posted a request for assistance on the social media site Weibo.
“The water in the carriage has gotten up to my chest. I’m unable to speak any longer, “They stated. Xiaopei was later rescued, according to the fire department.
The amount of rain in Zhengzhou over the last three days has been reported to be the same as what the city normally receives in an entire year.
The rain is expected to continue for at least the next 24 hours in the area.