Travel Desperate texts show people pleading for help inside flooded subway trains in China where 12 people drowned
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- Subway trains filled with water in the flooded city of Zhengzhou, China.
- Hundreds of people were trapped, and many sent messages pleading for help.
- 12 people died, and more than 500 people were rescued.
Hundreds of people were trapped inside flooded subway cars filling with water as a major Chinese city battled devastating flooding.
Twelve were killed after two subway trains were submerged in Zhengzhou,. Authorities said more than 500 people were rescued.
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Those trapped sent messages pleading for help.
One woman wrote on social media website Weibo,: "I can't speak any more. If no rescue comes in 20 minutes, hundreds of us will lose our lives."
Another person who was rescued wrote on social media,: "The water reached my chest. I was really scared, but the most terrifying thing was not the water, but the diminishing air supply in the carriage."
Video footage showed people standing in waist-high water:
-The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn)
And this video shows rescue workers in the system:
-Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
Rescuers were able to pull people out after they were trapped for several hours, the BBC reported.
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Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated because of the flooding, and at least 33 people have died,. Zhengzhou has a population of around 12 million.
-Manya Koetse (@manyapan)
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