Floods hit China, trapping passengers in submerged subway
(CNN) Terrified subway passengers in central China were left clinging to ceiling handles inside flooded cars on Tuesday, trapped up to their necks in rising water, as record-breaking rains devastated parts of Henan province.
All of the bodies recovered were taken from the city's subway system, said provincial authorities.
A flooded subway station in Zhengzhou, in China's Henan province, after torrential rainfall on July 21.
'I can't speak anymore, please help'Footage broadcast by Xinhua and shared widely online showed passengers in Zhengzhou trapped inside a flooded subway car, packed tightly together as the water rises.
Many of those trapped posted calls for help on social media, according to screenshots circulated online and statements from the Henan fire department"The water inside the carriage has reached chest-levels!
Minutes later, she posted another comment: "If no rescue comes in 20 minutes, several hundred of us will lose our lives in Zhengzhou subway."
Others showed people making a human chain, to prevent being swept away by the current as they struggled through rushing water.
People stranded in flood waters along a street following heavy rains in Zhengzhou, China, on July 20.
One hospital, housing nearly 10,000 patients, faced a complete blackout Tuesday, with social media photos showing its first floor submerged in water.
Footage from the ground showed soldiers and emergency teams rescuing residents on rafts and clearing toppled power lines.
Workers drain water from a waterlogged area in Lanzhou, Henan, China, on July 20.
A statement from the Ministry of Emergency Management also said the dam had broken, according to a screenshot cited by the state-run China Daily.