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On Tuesday, in China, 12 people died because of severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools. The local cited that nearly 2,00,000 people have been evacuated and has been shifted to safer places. The already drenched city of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, was hit by 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain from 4 to 5 pm.

The sudden burst of rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers and flooded subways stations and cars. Videos on social media platforms showed entire neighborhoods covered in waist-deep water and vehicles floating in the muddy mire. Sources revealed that in the north of Zhengzhou, the famed Shaolin Temple known for its Buddhist monks’ has also been affected.

Reportedly, several stranded people were spending the night in their workplaces or checked into hotels. Meanwhile, the heavy rainfall resulted in long hours of power outages. The State Grid Zhengzhou Power Supply Co. said a downtown substation was forced to shut down because of the rain.

China experiences regular flooding during the summer, but the growth of cities and conversion of farmland into subdivisions have raised the impact of such events.

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