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2021-07-25 02:20:35

Floods inundated the town of Mihe on Tuesday. As one of the areas hardest-hit by unprecedented rainfall in the region this week, more than 20,000 people have been affected in the town administered by Gongyi District in Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan province. A section of about 100 meters of the China National Highway 310 that passes through the town was damaged and 17 bridges were washed away.

While an official death toll or figures for missing persons have yet to be disclosed, officials behind rescue efforts told state-run Xinhua News Agency on Wednesday that many remain unaccounted for. Located at the confluence of the eastern and southern courses of the Sishui River in western Henan province, Mihe Town is home to over 40,000 residents living across 19 villages.

At 9 a.m. on Tuesday, power and water were cut off in Mihe. Several hours later, the town’s communications were interrupted. On Wednesday, the floodwaters slowly receded, leaving mud piled up on the roads and some residents’ homes flooded up to half a story high.

On Friday, communication networks around the Mihe town hall were restored with intermittent signals. Today, the sky is clear. Residents are cleaning their homes, while soldiers and rescue teams continue to work on repairs. In the evening, the rain returned and there is still water on the road.

Toppled trees after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Toppled trees after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged truck in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged truck in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Left: A woman moves bottles of baijiu to a safer place at a grocery store; right: The corner of a flooded grocery store in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Left: A woman moves bottles of baijiu to a safer place at a grocery store; right: The corner of a flooded grocery store in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged car in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

A damaged car in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

Paper money is left to dry in the sun after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

Paper money is left to dry in the sun after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

Zhang Tishan, owner of a hardware shop, smokes in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

Zhang Tishan, owner of a hardware shop, smokes in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

Left: A woman and a man eat lunch in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021;right: Fruits are buried in the mud in front of a fruit store after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Left: A woman and a man eat lunch in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021;right: Fruits are buried in the mud in front of a fruit store after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

An owner of a restaurant moves a stove after his restaurant was damaged by flooding in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

An owner of a restaurant moves a stove after his restaurant was damaged by flooding in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

An interior view of a room after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

An interior view of a room after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Xiao Yang for Sixth Tone

A damaged road in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged road in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Soldiers clear mud after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Soldiers clear mud after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Soldiers clear mud after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Soldiers clear mud after record rainfall in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A clinic is surrounded by mud in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A clinic is surrounded by mud in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman sits in a flooded clinic in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman sits in a flooded clinic in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Villagers wait for a damaged road to be mended at Gaomiao Village in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Villagers wait for a damaged road to be mended at Gaomiao Village in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged house in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A damaged house in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Left: A man washes a shovel; right: A toppled utility pole in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Left: A man washes a shovel; right: A toppled utility pole in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A muddy road after the rain in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A muddy road after the rain in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Shoes scattered in the mud in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Shoes scattered in the mud in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Villagers ride motorcycles on a muddy road in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Villagers ride motorcycles on a muddy road in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman wears plastic bags to cover her shoes in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

A woman wears plastic bags to cover her shoes in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 23, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone

Visuals edited by Qi Ya and Ding Yining; text edited by Daniel Wilkinson.

(Header image: A damaged car in Mihe Town, Henan province, July 24, 2021. Wu Huiyuan/Sixth Tone)