A couple of people are carried down a street by floodwaters, Tuesday, July 20, in China’s Zhengzhou city.
READ MORE: At least 12 people are dead in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou after massive floods triggered by several days of heavy rains.
The rains washed out streets throughout the capital of Henan province, forcing stranded motorists to wade through waist-deep waters that submerged cars and even sent them floating away.
The floods also gushed through Zhengzhou’s subway system, with riders posting videos on social media awaiting rescue in waist-high muddy waters. A passenger named Xiaopei posted on Weibo that “the water in the carriage has reached [their] chest.”
Dozens of reservoirs and dams have reached critical levels, with local authorities warning that the Yihetan dam in the nearby city of Luoyang had sustained a 20-meter breach and was on the verge of imminent collapse.