Beijing: Twelve people have been reported dead after torrential rains lashed China inundating a subway in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou. Shocking images showed passengers struggling against chest-high water inside a train carriage.
Soldiers are leading the rescue in the city of more than 10 million people in Henan province, which has been hit by record rains which inundated the streets and the subway.
The city has experienced "a series of rare and heavy rainstorms, causing water to accumulate in Zhengzhou metro", city officials said in a Weibo post.
Spine chilling images of passengers stuck inside trains as flood waters started rising up, were shared in social media, as local media reported rescuers were forced to cut open the roof of the coach to pull people to safety.
Others showed dramatic rescues of pedestrians in Zhengzhou from torrents gushing through the streets.