China News Service, July 21. Since July 17th, Henan Province, China has experienced persistent heavy precipitation. The daily rainfall of many national meteorological observatories in Zhengzhou has exceeded the historical extreme value since the meteorological record.
Early warning of the Yellow River, emergency of reservoirs, and flash floods... The heavy rain not only affects the hearts of countless Chinese people, but also closely followed by many mainstream international media.
Reuters reported that a large area of Henan Province in central China was flooded.
The weather forecast pointed out that Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, suffered the heaviest rainfall in 1,000 years and was the worst affected.
CNN quoted a video explaining the rainfall situation released by the Zhengzhou Meteorological Department in its report: "This time, the hourly precipitation and the single-day precipitation have broken the 60 years since the establishment of the Zhengzhou Meteorological Bureau in 1951. Historical records." The department said: "The city's precipitation in the past three days has been equivalent to the city's total precipitation last year."
The Russian satellite network pointed out in the report that about 100,000 residents of Henan Province have been evacuated.
More than 6000 soldiers and firefighters participated in the rescue operation.
Zhengzhou Airport cancelled flights before the 21st.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that Henan Province, with a population of approximately 94 million, issued the highest level of weather warnings after the unusually active rainy season.
Many factors can cause flooding, but climate warming caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.
While focusing on the disaster in Henan, the AFP report quoted scientists as saying that climate change has exacerbated floods and other increasingly extreme weather patterns around the world.
The National Broadcasting Corporation also pointed out that the floods in Western Europe and the recent fatal heat waves in parts of the western United States and Canada have made the climate crisis a new focus. Politicians and climate experts have warned that the international community must step up efforts to combat climate change.
Many Chinese netizens reposted the progress of the search and rescue on Weibo, spreading emergency help messages, and some foreign netizens also paid attention to the heavy rains and disasters in Henan, praying for the safety of Henan and cheering for the people of Henan:
"The rainfall is staggering, worse than the floods in Germany. I am very worried about the disaster in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, China."
"Come on, Henan! May everyone be safe! I hope people who go to the disaster relief team will also be safe."
"There is a flood in Zhengzhou, China, I hope everyone is safe."
"It's raining a lot in China now... The flood is terrible, so be careful..."
Some netizens are concerned about the disaster relief situation, forwarding CCTV news photos, saying that the Chinese People's Liberation Army is sending about 200 soldiers to Zhengzhou, Henan Province to rescue people trapped by the flood.
Some netizens also called for attention to climate change, “(U.S.) Detroit, New York, Southwest Germany, and (China) Henan have experienced unprecedented floods. Climate change is everywhere.”