Jul 21, 2021 03:17 PM

Historic Rainstorm Grounds Planes, Halts Trains in Central China

What’s new: Hundreds of trains and flights have been grounded as a historic rainstorm on Tuesday hit Central China’s Henan province, battering the capital of Zhengzhou and causing flooding that killed at least a dozen people.

Two rail lines have been damaged and others have been affected by the flooding, causing widespread travel disruptions, according to a Wednesday statement (link in Chinese) from the state rail operator China State Railway Group Co. Ltd.

Over 660 flights, or 70% of those scheduled, were canceled Wednesday at Zhengzhou’s Xinzheng International Airport, according to Variflight, an aviation data services provider.

The context: Henan, one of China’s most populous provinces, has been hammered by devastating storms since the weekend as daily rainfall in several cities hit record highs.

In Zhengzhou, which has a population of 12.6 million, some 8 inches of rain fell between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, in what was the heaviest hour of rainfall ever recorded anywhere on the Chinese mainland, according to official data (link in Chinese).

As many as 100,000 residents were evacuated after the local government issued the highest level of alert for flood response.

Related: Torrential Rains and Flooding Leave 12 Dead in Central China

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