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Over 8,000 soldiers aiding Central China's flood-hit Henan

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-07-23 09:37
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Soldiers use sandbags to reinforce banks along the Jialu River in Zhengzhou, Central China's Henan province, on July 21, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

ZHENGZHOU -- The Central Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army has sent 8,360 troops to flood-hit areas in Central China's Henan province, as of 12:00 pm Thursday.

Heavy rainfall and floods have caused the deaths of 33 people in the province, with about 3 million people affected.

As the rainfall moves toward the northern part of the province, PLA soldiers are rushing to multiple counties on rescue missions. A total of 44 batches of troops have been dispatched by the Central Theater Command.

In the city of Xinxiang, which suffered heavy downpours from July 17 to 22, militia personnel have rescued or helped 1,778 people.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, the armed police force delivered 18 rescue boats, 2,000 life vests and 500 lifebuoys to Zhengzhou, the provincial capital.

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