At least 33 people have died and eight more are reported missing in China’s Henan province due to floods, the Global Times reported on July 22, citing local authorities.
Earlier it was reported about 25 dead and the search for seven missing people.
The CGTN TV channel clarifies that more than three million people are in the disaster zone.
The area of agricultural territories affected by bad weather was 215 thousand hectares. Damage from the disaster is estimated at 1.22 billion yuan ($ 188.4 million).
Heavy rains have been falling in most of Henan Province since July 17. A large amount of water accumulated in a parking lot above the fifth line of the Zhengzhou subway, as a result of which on July 20 the water entered the tunnel and flooded the tracks. At least 12 people were killed and five more injured.
On the same day, a dam was destroyed in the city reservoir as a result of flooding. According to the provincial emergency department, emergency response to meteorological disasters has been raised to the first level.
In addition, Zhengzhou Airport suspended flights, and several areas of Henan were left without electricity and water supply.
On July 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram of condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping in connection with the aftermath of floods in Henan province.