Typhoon In-fa made landfall in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday, with wind speeds at its center reaching as high as 38 meters per second, while the mortality toll from unprecedented floods in Henan Province due to rainfall has increased to 63, the authorities said. The local flood control headquarters stated that the sixth typhoon this year landed in Putuo District, Zhoushan City at about 12:30 noon.
The Meteorological Department forecasts that the typhoon will make landfall again on the coastal area between Jiaxing City in Zhejiang Province and Qidong City in Jiangsu Province on Sunday. Meanwhile, the unprecedented flood on July 21 in Henan Province has caused 63 deaths and 5 people are still mislaid.
The casualty toll included 12 individuals who died in the subway trains and tunnels that flooded the provincial capital Zhengzhou, which was ruined by floods. After Henan suffered the heaviest rainstorm in 1,000 years, the Chinese army blew up a damaged dam to channel a flooded river.
According to the Henan Provincial Emergency Management Department, the heavy rains have affected approximately 3 million people in Henan Province, and a total of 376,000 local residents have been moved to safe places. The company said on Friday that direct economic losses have risen to RMB 65.5 billion (US$10 billion).
As the city of Zhengzhou, with a population of 12 million, limped back to normal, rescuers are helping thousands of people flooded. Zhengzhou has been raining torrential rains day after day, causing floods that have not been seen in decades.
According to the official Xinhua News Agency, more than 8,000 soldiers work in 10 different dangerous areas in the city. In the early days of the flood, after panicked residents bought supplies, donation counters were set up throughout the city to distribute essentials.
Firefighters patrolled surrounding towns to help injured or trapped residents and worked around the clock to drain flooded roads. The streets have turned into roiling rivers, washing people, vehicles, and apartments. Hundreds of cars destroyed by the flood are piling up in different parts of the city.