The Chinese military has blown up a dam to prevent flooding that threatens one of the most densely populated provinces, as widespread flooding kills at least 25.
The dam operation was carried out late Tuesday night in the city of Luoyang, just as severe flooding engulfed Henan’s provincial capital, Zhengzhou, leaving residents trapped in the subway system and stranded in schools, apartments and offices.
Another seven people were reported missing, provincial officials said at a news conference.
Check out some of the damage in Zhengzhou after severe flooding:
Footage posted to Twitter by news site The Paper shows subway passengers standing in chest-high muddy brown water as torrents raging outside the tunnel.
Transportation and working life have been disrupted across the province, with torrential rains turning streets into fast-flowing rivers, washing away cars and reaching people’s homes.
More than 100,000 people have been evacuated to safety. Henan Province is home to many cultural sites and an important base for industry and agriculture.
State media showed water at waist height on Wednesday, while it was still raining.
North of Zhengzhou, the famous Shaolin Temple, known for the mastery of martial arts by the Buddhist monks, was also badly hit.
China regularly experiences flooding during the summer, but the growth of cities and the conversion of farmland into subdivisions have exacerbated the impact of such events.