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Zhengzhou is slowly picking up the pieces

By Aybek Askhar | | Updated: 2021-07-22 11:38
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More than 26,000 people affected by the record-breaking rainfall in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, have been relocated, and the city is gradually coming back to normal, according to CCTV News.

While some regions in the country recorded damages from heavy rain and large floods in the past few days, Henan was the worst hit.

On Thursday, the province's department of emergency management said the extreme rainfall left 33 dead and 8 missing, and more than three million people in 103 cities and counties were affected by the floods.

Those relocated have been housed in hotels and schools, and the city's infrastructure, including the roads and public transport, are recovering. As per media reports, some of the main streets in the city have opened for traffic and 90 bus routes started to operate since Wednesday afternoon.

According to the province's department of commerce, the food reserves, including meat, eggs, poultry and milk, are enough for at least three days, and efforts are already underway to get more supplies.

Most of the supermarkets and convenience stores are open, and 80 percent of the farmers' market are properly operating, China Central Television said. And the local government has started a daily report mechanism on necessities, which requires the authorities to monitor and report food reserves and demand for essential goods of the previous day.

The extreme rainfall rarely seen in history has not only hit Zhengzhou, but also other cities and towns as well as the reservoirs in the province. The reservoirs in the city's Changzhuang and Guojiazu are facing varying degrees of danger, and four people died as the flood lashed in Gongyi, a city under the jurisdiction of Zhengzhou.

"Though the flood in Zhengzhou is slowly receding, the water in the city's rivers is still high, and the water in Shayinghe river is rising now. In general, the current situation of the city's rivers is severe," said Hou Aizhong, a senior officer with the Ministry of Water Resources.

Xinxiang, a city in northern Henan, has also been hit by the heavy rainfall, and more than 470,000 people in 58 towns and villages as well as 55,000 hectares of farmland have been affected by the flood.

Rescue and relieve resources have been mobilized across China for Henan disaster alleviation.

The local government in Xinxiang organized over 10,000 and 1,521 vehicles to participate in the rescue, said Xinhua News agency.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters sent a working team to Zhengzhou on Wednesday and are guiding rescue efforts.

On Thursday morning, the weather observatory in the province declared a red alert, the highest rainstorm warning signal, and said the precipitation in the cities of Xinxiang, Anyang Hebi have reached 50 millimeters and the rain will continue to fall in several regions of the province, with the precipitation reaching over 100 millimeters.

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