At least 12 people have been confirmed dead in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where more than eight inches of rain fell in an hour on Tuesday, according to the weather observatory.
More than 100,000 people have so far been evacuated from low-lying areas of the city, with thousands of emergency personnel deployed to help with the effort, according to state media.
All of the recovered bodies were collected from the city’s metro, authorities said.
Other videos show residents on the streets, waist deep in water, working desperately to pull people trapped out of an underground mall using ropes. A clip shared by the public newspaper People’s Daily shows motorists on a road making a human chain, to avoid being swept away by the current as they scramble through the tumultuous water.
Heavy rains also caused power outages throughout the city. A hospital in Zhengzhou, housing nearly 10,000 patients including more than 600 in critical condition, suffered a power outage lasting several hours on Tuesday.
Although flooding during the summer months is an annual occurrence in parts of China, recent record rains have alarmed scientists and officials, raising questions about whether the country is prepared to face the conditions. more extreme and unpredictable weather.
According to the report, Beijing experienced the fastest rise in average temperature with an increase of 0.32 degrees Celsius every 10 years. Guanzhou-Shenzhen has experienced 98 heat waves since 1961, the majority of which have occurred in the past two decades.
Meanwhile, precipitation is much more volatile, swinging up and down. The report says that if global greenhouse gas emissions peak around 2040, parts of China like Shanghai will experience a more than 25% increase in extreme rainfall, while other areas, like northwestern China. Guangzhou-Shenzhen, will experience more drought.