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China: One killed, another injured in Henan following heavy rains

News Agencies | Updated on: 26 September 2021, 7:35 IST

One was killed, another was injured in China's Henan province as heavy rains lashed since Friday, local media reported.

"Henan has been buffeted with heavy rains since Friday morning with 15 townships and villages bearing the brunt of downfalls with nearly 8,000 residents being evacuated from the hardest-hit regions," Global Times reported on Saturday.

The ongoing rainfall has caused disruption of electricity and communication in 13 townships in Nanzhao county and two in Fangcheng county in Nanyang City.

A total of 27,554 people in 11 villages in Nanzhao county had temporarily lost contact with the outside world but later reconnected. One person has been reported dead, one injured and two are missing as rescue work continues, Chinese state media reported.

It further reported that many areas in Henan reported heavy rains and related disasters on Saturday.

Two officials in Jiyuan City, northwest of the provincial capital Zhengzhou were reported missing while assisting local residents to evacuate.

Meanwhile, Henan's hydrology and water resources bureau released a red alert for flooding on Saturday, warning that the rainfalls have caused water rising in many rivers in the province and calling for responsible departments and residents along rivers to remain vigilant to changing water levels, Global Times reported.

According to the Chinese state media, the previous torrential rains and floods in Henan killed 302 and caused massive economic damage. The State Council, China's cabinet, established a task force to investigate the incident on August 2.


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First published: 26 September 2021, 7:35 IST