Subway to resume after floods drowned passengers

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

The mainland subway where 14 passengers died in floods back in July will resume service this Sunday. 

The subway service in Zhengzhou city, Henan Province will resume more than a month after it was affected by deadly floods on July 20. 

Line 1, the first phase of Line 2 and the Suburban Line would open to passengers this Sunday, while the second phase of Line 2 and Lines 3, 4 and 5 would open next Wednesday, according to rail operator Zhengzhou Metro Group. 

But part of Line 14 will remain suspended as equipment needs to be replaced. 

The operator said it had conducted safety evaluation, adding that further testing and cross-checking was being carried out to ensure a smooth resumption of services.

It had been criticised for not evacuating the passengers in time and for mishandling the rescue efforts.

In July, shocking images and footage emerged showing passengers struggling against floods inside a train carriage.

Terrified subway passengers were left clinging to ceiling handles inside flooded carriages, trapped up to their necks in rising water, as what was described as "the heaviest rain in 1,000 years" devastated parts of Henan province. 

More than 1.2 million people were affected, and more than 100,000 people were evacuated out of Zhengzhou, a city of 12.6 million on the banks of the Yellow River.