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    Shaolin Weather

    I saw a photo today on social media of the Wushuguan staircase cascading with rain.

    Subway passengers trapped waist-high in floodwaters as Chinese river banks burst
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    BEIJING (Reuters) -Heavy rain pounded the central Chinese province of Henan on Tuesday, bursting the banks of major rivers, flooding the streets of a dozen cities and trapping subway passengers waist-high in floodwaters.

    Resident wearing a rain cover stands on a flooded road in Zhengzhou, Henan provinceŠ Reuters/STRINGER Resident wearing a rain cover stands on a flooded road in Zhengzhou, Henan province

    Henan, a populous province double the size of Austria, has been hit by storms since the weekend in an unusually active rainy season.


    No deaths or casualties have been reported, but the daily lives of the province's 94 million people have been upended by transport closures.

    In Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan on the banks of the Yellow River, more than 200 mm of rain fell in one hour on Tuesday, forcing the city to stop all subway train services.

    Dramatic video shared on social media showed commuters waist-deep in murky floodwaters on a subway train and an underground station turned into a large, churning pool.

    Henan is a major logistics hub but train services were suspended, while many highways were closed and flights delayed or cancelled.

    In Ruzhou, a city southwest of Zhengzhou, streets have been turned into torrents, sweeping away cars and other vehicles, footage on social media showed.

    A rising Yi River also threatened to hit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring millennium-old Buddhist statues etched into limestone cliffs near the city of Luoyang.

    Like the Longmen Grottoes, the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng city, famous in the West for its martial arts, has been temporarily shut.

    Also in Dengfeng, an aluminium alloy plant exploded on Tuesday as water from a river surged into the factory.

    At least 31 large and medium-sized reservoirs in the province have exceeded their warning levels.

    From Saturday to Tuesday, 3,535 weather stations in Henan saw rainfall exceed 50 mm, of which 1,614 registered levels above 100 mm and 151 above 250 mm.

    The highest was in Lushan city, which saw 498 mm of rain, according to the provincial weather bureau.

    "This is the heaviest rain since I was born, with so many familiar places flooded," said an internet user in the inundated city of Gongyi on Chinese social media.

    Rain is forecast to stop by Thursday.

    (Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Nick Macfie)
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    12 dead

    Flooding in central China turns streets to rivers, kills 12
    Vehicles are stranded after a heavy downpour in Zhengzhou city, central China’s Henan province on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Heavy flooding has hit central China following unusually heavy rains, with the subway system in the city of Zhengzhou inundated with rushing water. (Chinatopix Via AP) (Uncredited/CHINATOPIX)
    By Associated Press
    Yesterday at 10:50 p.m. EDT


    BEIJING — At least 12 people died in severe flooding Tuesday in a Chinese provincial capital that trapped people in subways and schools, washed away vehicles and stranded people in their workplaces overnight.

    The already drenched city of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, was hit by 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain from 4 to 5 p.m., the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the Henan weather agency.

    The torrent of rain turned streets into rapidly flowing rivers and inundated subways stations and cars. Videos posted online showed entire neighborhoods covered in waist-deep water and vehicles floating in the muddy mire.

    To the north of Zhengzhou, the famed Shaolin Temple known for its Buddhist monks’ mastery of martial arts was badly hit. Henan province is home to many cultural sites and a major base for industry and agriculture.

    Xinhua said 12 people had died and 100,000 people had been moved to safer places.

    Stranded people were spending the night in their workplaces or checked into hotels.

    Wang Guirong, a 56-year-old restaurant manager, said she planned to sleep on the couch in her restaurant after being told there was no power in her neighborhood. The State Grid Zhengzhou Power Supply Co. said a downtown substation was forced to shut down because of the rain.

    “I have lived in Zhengzhou all my life and have never seen such a heavy rainstorm as today,” Wang said.

    China experiences regular flooding during the summer, but the growth of cities and conversion of farmland into subdivisions has raised the impact of such events.

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    Saddened to hear this...hoping for the best.

    All things are impermanent.

    Henan ramps up efforts to save cultural relics from extreme rains
    By Global Times
    Published: Jul 21, 2021 11:43 PM


    Longmen Grottoes scenic area in Central China's Henan Province is closed to the public on July 20, 2021 due to the flood hitting the province. Photo: CFP

    All the cultural relics from the Longmen Grottoes have been well protected against the unprecedented heavy rainfall that hit Central China's Henan Province in recent days causing 25 deaths as of Wednesday. Landslides occurred nearby archaeological sites, like Zhengzhou Shang City and the Shaolin Temple, amid extreme weather, but the cultural relics remained intact.

    A number of major cities in Henan have been affected by the rains and some local museums and archaeological digging sites were flooded, according to a post by the National Cultural Heritage Administration on its official WeChat account.

    A video posted on social media on Tuesday shows the Shaolin Temple on Mountain Songshan being hit by heavy floods after unusually heavy rains. All the scenic spots in the area were closed to the public.

    Many splendid pieces of cultural and artistic highlights of ancient China have been discovered in Henan's numerous archaeological sites.

    The death toll has climbed to 25, with 7 missing in Zhengzhou on Wednesday. A total of 1.24 million residents have been affected in the province that has been ravaged by torrential rains with 160,000 being evacuated as rescue operations continue in the province, led by the People's Liberation Army.

    Local authorities in Henan also made calls to save the cultural relics with various measures, including water pumping and drainage operations and increased inspections, to make sure both cultural relics and people are safe.
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    Follow the link for a vid

    Shaolin Temple abbot leads monks to plant trees in wake of rainstorm
    1 2021-08-12 18:23:08 Ecns.cn Editor : Wang KaiECNS

    (ECNS) -- Shaolin Temple has resumed its regular routine following a rainstorm.

    The torrential rains have been lashing Henan Province since July 16, causing severe flooding in Zhengzhou, Anyang, Xinxiang, Hebi and other cities.

    The rains have posed a huge challenge to the protection of cultural relics in the province, with a road collapsing in Shaolin Temple of Songshan.

    Abbot Shi Yongxin is leading some monks in planting trees on Shaoshi Mountain.

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