Flooded Chinese city received 87% of annual precipitation in 24 hours
Photographs and video footage circulating the internet on Tuesday captured the heartbreaking scenes of severe flooding in China’s Henan Province, and rainfall statistics highlight how out of the ordinary the situation is, even for a flood-prone region.
Zhengzhou City, for example, received 21.75 inches of rain over a 24-hour period that ended on Tuesday. This figure represents 87 percent of the city’s average annual precipitation.
And in just an hour, CNN meteorologist Tom Sater reports, Zhengzhou recorded a record 7.9 inches, or 200 mm, of rain. By comparison, areas in Germany that also experienced devastating flooding last week recorded 154mm of rain in 24 hours.
At least 12 people have died as a result of flooding in Zhengzhou, reports the BBC, while more than 10,000 people in Henan province have been evacuated.