They got trapped in the underground trains, water inching towards their neck and nose with each passing minute, and there was nothing they could do except send last messages and wishes to their loved ones. At least twelve people have died in Zhengzhou train in China and thousands have been evacuated.
The record-breaking rainfall flooded underground railway tunnels in China, leaving passengers trapped and the water kept rising. Social media videos and pictures in China show water submerging underground train tunnels, roads flooded with water, and children trapped in schools.
More than 500 people were eventually rescued from the tunnels in Henan province, officials said, reports BBC. Days of rain have caused widespread damage and led to 200,000 evacuations.
More than a dozen cities in Henan province are affected. President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday that there had been "significant loss of life and damage to property".
According to reports, several dams and reservoirs have breached warning levels. Flights and trains have been suspended in many parts of Henan.