China blasts dam to divert flood water, at least 25 dead

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China Flood (Image: Screengrab from the video tweeted by @Ian_Fraser)
China Flood (Image: Screengrab from the video tweeted by @Ian_Fraser)

New Delhi : China's military has blasted a dam to release floodwaters threatening one of the heavily populated provinces, as death toll crossed 25.

The dam was blasted on Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, as severe floods overwhelmed the Henan provincial capital of Zhengzhou, leaving people trapped inside their homes, metro stations, schools and offices.

According to local media reports, seven people were reported missing.

A video posted on Twitter by news site The Paper showed subway passengers standing in chest-high muddy brown water as torrents raged in the tunnel outside.

With flood waters, work and transport has been disrupted badly in the city. Some social media posts showed how passenger cars were floating in the flood water.

At least 10 trains carrying about 10,000 passengers were halted, including three for more than 40 hours, according to Caixin, a business news magazine. Sections of 26 highways were closed due to the rain, the Transport Ministry said on its social media account.

The exact number of deaths and people missing were not available in the reports, however, it has been notified that more than 1,00,000 people have been evacuated to safety.