The report says a man from central China was rescued after spending three days trapped in a flooded underground garage during heavy rains
ZHENGZHOU, China – A man in central China was rescued after spending three days trapped in a flooded underground garage after heavy rains, while at least four bodies were found after a traffic tunnel dried up, according to news from Saturday.
The death toll rose to 58 after record rains hit the capital Zhengzhou on Tuesday, state TV reported, citing Li Changxun, deputy director of the Henan Province Emergency Department.
Meanwhile, rescuers used bulldozers and rubber boats to evacuate residents of the area that was still under water, according to the Shanghai newspaper The Paper.
The rains flooded a subway tunnel in Zhengzhou, where at least 12 people died, blew electricity from hospitals and other buildings and left streets filled with mud. Dozens of trains in the region were delayed by up to 40 hours.
Li Yongsheng was found Friday afternoon in a garage under Jincheng International Plaza in Zhengzhou Jinshui County, according to The Paper. He was said to have been trapped when the garage flooded Tuesday and was lying on a ventilation duct surrounded by floating cars.
A photo on The Paper magazine’s website showed rescuers being led through water deep to their chests. He was said to have been hospitalized with a crushing injury.
On Saturday, the skies were mostly clear, but parts of Zhengzhou and other cities, including Hebi, Xinxiang and Anyang, were still under water.
In Hebi, rescuers evicted people from neighborhoods where the water was up to two meters deep, according to The Paper. It said authorities deliberately flooded parts of Hebi on Saturday afternoon to lower water levels elsewhere.
The video on The Paper’s website shows rescuers in boats making their way through the water through the water to their waists.
In Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million people, bodies and more than 200 wrecked cars were found in the Jingguang North Road Tunnel, where water up to 13 meters (43 feet) deep was pumped out, The Paper reports.
Some streets and intersections in the city center were still flooded with a few centimeters of water, in places up to the knees. Emergency crews pumped water, removed debris and placed sandbags on pedestrian crossings. Rows of military trucks were parked at some intersections, hung with red signs with slogans such as “We must not give up bringing help to disaster areas; we must not give up on protecting people. “
Large parts of the city have returned to normal life, customers have piled up luxury shopping malls, and older people have danced in open squares.
“Life has mostly returned to normal, but there are still some things that haven’t,” said Li Nana, who was trapped in her office by floods last week. She said her power had not yet been restored.
The Ministry of Emergency Management has sent flood drainage teams with 300 people and equipment from neighboring provinces, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
Direct economic losses are estimated at 13.9 billion yuan ($ 2 billion), according to Xinhua. More than 3,800 houses were said to have collapsed across the province, and 920,000 people were evacuated from their homes.