12 killed in heavy rain in China's Zhengzhou
A total of 12 people have been killed in the torrential rains in the downtown area of Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of central China's Henan Province, the local government said.
The accumulated rainfall reached 449 mm on average in Zhengzhou from 6 pm Sunday to midnight Tuesday.
Both Henan provincial and Zhengzhou municipal meteorological bureaus have raised the emergency response for meteorological disasters to level I.
More than 160 trains stopped services at Zhengzhoudong Railway Station, stranding a large number of passengers.
Heavy rains in Henan are expected to last until Wednesday night, according to forecasts.
More than 144,000 residents have been affected by torrential rains in Central China's Henan province since Friday, and 10,152 have been relocated to safe places, the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters said on Tuesday
Heavy rainfall triggered a grade 1 emergency response, the highest level in a four-tier system, in Zhengzhou, Henan's provincial capital, on Tuesday.
The National Meteorological Center said hourly precipitation in Zhengzhou between 4 pm and 5 pm reached 201.9 millimeters.
Water levels at 16 large and medium-sized reservoirs have risen above alert levels after torrential rains battered most parts of the province on Monday and Tuesday.