Photos: Thousands evacuated as deadly flooding hits central China

Torrential rain lashed China's central province of Henan on Wednesday, with its capital Zhengzhou hardest hit. In Zhengzhou, 12 people have died so far and about 100,000 people have been evacuated to safe zones, the official Xinhua agency reported, citing the local government.

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"Some rivers have exceeded monitoring levels, some dams have broken down, while some railway services have stopped and flights cancelled, causing heavy casualties and property losses," President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, addressing the situation in a statement broadcast by state television. "Flood prevention efforts have become very difficult," Xi added. Here are a few visuals of the flooded streets of China.(AP)

"Some rivers have exceeded monitoring levels, some dams have broken down, while some railway services have stopped and flights cancelled, causing heavy casualties and property losses," President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday, addressing the situation in a statement broadcast by state television. "Flood prevention efforts have become very difficult," Xi added. Here are a few visuals of the flooded streets of China.(AP)

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Vehicles pass through floodwaters in Zhengzhou. At least a dozen people died in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight. (Zhu Xiang/Xinhua via AP)

Vehicles pass through floodwaters in Zhengzhou. At least a dozen people died in severe flooding in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight. (Zhu Xiang/Xinhua via AP)

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A police officer stands guard in front of a flooded street following heavy rains in Zhengzhou. (Photo by STR/AFP)

A police officer stands guard in front of a flooded street following heavy rains in Zhengzhou. (Photo by STR/AFP)

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People push a van through flood waters along a street following heavy rains.(Photo by STR/AFP)

People push a van through flood waters along a street following heavy rains.(Photo by STR/AFP)

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Heavy flooding in n Zhengzhou, Henan province, China traps subway riders in waist-high water.(REUTERS)

Heavy flooding in n Zhengzhou, Henan province, China traps subway riders in waist-high water.(REUTERS)

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Residents wade through floodwaters on a flooded road amid heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou.(REUTERS)

Residents wade through floodwaters on a flooded road amid heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou.(REUTERS)

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Residents holding umbrellas struggle to cross the streets as China witnesses highest rainfall in 1,000 years.(REUTERS)

Residents holding umbrellas struggle to cross the streets as China witnesses highest rainfall in 1,000 years.(REUTERS)

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Streets in a dozen cities have been flooded, while several water reservoirs and dams breached warning levels.(REUTERS)

Streets in a dozen cities have been flooded, while several water reservoirs and dams breached warning levels.(REUTERS)

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