More than 7.5 million people have been affected by flooding in central China, according to authorities in Henan province. At least 56 people have died and five more are missing, the government said in a statement. About 585,000 people were temporarily evacuated from their homes and another 919,000 were relocated.
Work continued Saturday in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou to clear a flooded road tunnel in which dozens of people allegedly drowned.
Authorities have not released a final death toll, but many people have written on social media looking for missing family members who they fear are trapped in the tunnel.
An employee of the Fujian Qiaolong Emergency Equipment Company at the scene said the operation lasted two days, and some areas were still flooded with up to two meters of water.
He said some of the vehicles have been saved, but there are others flooded at the bottom of the tunnel, and it will probably take at least another day to pump out the water.
The deadly floods, which local authorities have figuratively described as a “once-in-a-thousand-year event,” have caused significant damage in Zhengzhou and cut off electricity and water supplies.