Subway passengers in central China’s Henan Province were trapped in waist-deep flood water on Tuesday after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow.
On video published on social networks, passengers from the subway in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan, could be seen standing in a pool of muddy water, waiting for help.
In a video posted to Weibo, firefighters in Henan said at least one person was rescued from the train line as the service struggled to free others.
Meanwhile, torrential waters could be seen on the city streets, with vehicles submerged in the water in a video shared by the Chinese state-affiliated newspaper Global Times.
In a statement posted on the Zhengzhou local government website, the city warned that “the flood control situation is grim.”
The risk of disaster, according to the city, is “extremely high”.
In a separate statement posted on the government’s official WeChat account, officials warned residents to stay in their homes or in a safe place and to stay alert for updates.
So far, no fatalities have been reported in connection with the flooding, according to Reuters.
An emergency dispatch meeting for disaster relief was held on Tuesday, the city said, with Xu Liyi, member of the Standing Committee of the Provincial Party Committee and secretary of the Municipal Party Committee, as the head. talks.
The major flooding comes as heavy rains have hit Henan, a province twice the size of Austria, for days since the weekend.
During Tuesday’s emergency meeting, Xu said such high rainfall levels were a rare occurrence in Henan.
Amid the flooding, rail services had to be suspended amid the heavy flooding, while many highways were closed and flights were delayed or canceled altogether.
There are also fears that the flooding could threaten important sites, with the rise of the Yi River posing a risk to the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing ancient Buddhist statues near the town of Luoyang.
According to the UNESCO website, the caves contain “the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art from the late Northern Wei and Tang dynasties.”
The incident takes place as Germany and other parts of Western Europe grapple with the impact of severe flooding that has left at least 197 people dead, with at least 300 others missing and 749 injured, according to the police and regional governments concerned.
Flooding in Western Europe, along with the recent deadly heat wave seen in parts of the western United States and Canada have put new emphasis on the climate crisis, with politicians and climate experts warning that the global community must step up its efforts to tackle climate change.
Ed Flanagan contributed.