October 23, 2021

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Survivors describe their ordeal in a flood-affected tunnel in China

During a major flood in Zhengzhou on Tuesday, a subway train was flooded, leaving hundreds of people stranded.

The city of Zhengzhou in central China was hit by catastrophic flooding on Tuesday, killing at least 33 people after three days of torrential rain, the equivalent of a year of rain. The country is shocked to see images of a subway train invaded by flash floods on Tuesday, with passengers trying to keep their heads above water while standing in their seats.

The Metro operator said on Thursday that about 500 users found themselves stranded between the two stations. Many survivors have testified to the fear and suffering caused by this catastrophe, believing that some of them will never come out alive.

“It was so hard to breathe”

“Initially, there was not a lot of water, and then everything seemed to happen at once,” he told the Chinese media Pear Video A woman, whose testimony is translated BBC. “After 30 minutes, it was even on my shoulders, it was so hard to breathe, some came out,” he explains. He was trapped in a flooded train for four hours and is said to have shed tears when he was rescued.

“There was a lot of water on the platform and water was leaking from cracks in the metro doors,” said another passenger. “I’m very tall, but after about five minutes the water has already reached my chest (…) to help the elderly and younger children move into the seats. I was holding someone’s baby.” .

“I was so scared. When I saw water rising above our heads through the window, I was ready to accept that I could never get out,” said another passenger. CNN.

Everyone is talking about the sudden arrival of this water, some are instantly panicked, others describe the silence of the passengers, and mutual help. But quickly, what is felt on the submerged shores is a lack of air.

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“I can’t make it”

“I was very scared, but the most terrifying thing was not the water, it was the low level of air,” says one survivor. Reuters.

In Weibo, the equivalent of Facebook in China, the evidence was also published, sometimes deleted as mentioned. Defender. One woman, among passengers, said the train was flooded and “many began to suffer from shortness of breath.” She explains that she heard a person call her relatives and give her access to her bank accounts, “I thought I should do the same”.

“A lot of things happened to me, but it was hard for me to express them. I only told my mom I shouldn’t do it, I’m done. Call,” he explained again to this witness. “I’m going to collapse … I left because there was no fresh air, but I woke up because of the vibration of a phone call from my mother and said there was help. The road.”

Witnesses say the aides, who arrived on the submerged metro line, opened the trains from above and brought the passengers out one by one, at first very weak. A man who came to pick up his wife who was trapped in a tunnel, Tell me Southern Weekly Magazine He eventually found himself assisting emergency services on the spot.

Some of those who came out “vomited, others came out with headaches, shortness of breath or lack of oxygen. The condition was horrible.”

Many in China were surprised by the tragedy over the lack of anticipation from the authorities. “It simply came to our notice then […] That the tunnel was not closed? “, AFP reported that a user in a discussion on the social networking site Weibo crossed 92 million views on Thursday.

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Faced with the pressure, the Ministry of Transport called on metro operators to “improve their emergency plans” in the event of inclement weather. The government has released 100 million yuan (13 million euros) in emergency aid to the densely populated province of Henan, the capital of Chengzhou. A recent report said 376,000 people had been evicted from the city.

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rains before Friday. But further north, in Hebei, a province around Beijing, some areas have been placed on red alert.

Salom Vinson PFMTV Reporter