Last week it was Europe when almost 200 people died from record-breaking rainfall after record amounts of rain burst river banks in the areas and it was the speed of the rising water which caught many people unprepared. Governments and authorities are failing to warn and prepare people beforehand, that's because these extreme events are happening too rapidly for governments to react. This week it's China when a year's rainfall fell in a couple of hours.
Zhengzhou saw 624mm of rainfall on Tuesday, with a third of that amount falling between 16:00 and 17:00 alone, which "smashed historical records". It forecasted that parts of the region would continue to see "severe or extremely severe storms" and that the heavy rain would likely only end on Thursday. Many factors contribute to flooding, but a warming atmosphere caused by climate change makes extreme rainfall more likely.
Massive floods in central China caused by record-breaking rainfall have left 12 people dead and more than 200,000 evacuated from their homes, reported BBC. More than a dozen cities in Henan province, including its provincial capital Zhengzhou, are affected. Footage circulating online shows people wading in chest-high levels of water on roads and at train stations. President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday the "flood prevention situation was very severe" and at a "critical stage". He added that the floods had already resulted in "significant loss of life and damage to property" & instructed all departments to prioritize "the safety of people and their property", according to state news agency Xinhua. Henan province, home to about 94 million people, has issued its highest level of weather warning. Local authorities called the floods a "once in 100 years" event.