ZHENGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from flood-hit regions of central China on Thursday as officials raised the death toll from heavy rains that have deluged Henan province for almost a week to 33 people.
People holding umbrellas amid heavy rainfall wade through floodwaters on a bridge in Hebi, Henan province, China July 22, 2021.
The provincial weather bureau on Thursday raised the storm alert for four cities in the north of Henan - Xinxiang, Anyang, Hebi and Jiaozuo - to red, the highest tier of a four-step colour-coded weather warning system.
Xinxiang, a small city north of Zhengzhou, recorded 812 mm of rainfall between Tuesday and Thursday, shattering local meteorological records, Xinhua reported.
The provincial weather bureau told state media it had issued a report warning of the coming torrential rains two days in advance.
REUTERS, Xinhua, Ministry of Transport
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