At least 33 dead, 8 missing from central China flooding

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Flooding from torrential rain in China's Henan province has killed at least 33 people this week and eight more remain missing, according to CNN.

The big picture: Flooding has displaced hundreds of thousands of people and led to at least 1.22 billion yuan (around $190 million) in damage across the province, which is home to more than 99 million people.

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Flooding was particularly damaging in Zhengzhou, Henan's capital, where at least 12 people died after being trapped in an overflowing subway.

  • Another four people died in a village near Gongyi, a city west of Zhengzhou, according to the New York Times.

By the numbers: Zhengzhou saw 31.02 inches of rainfall in three days, which is roughly 15 months' of worth of precipitation, according to meteorologist Jonathan Erdman of the Weather Channel.

  • Eight of those inches fell in just one hour, which set a national record rainfall rate and compares to some of the highest one-hour totals globally.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman: Studies show that as the planet warms due to human activities — such as the burning of fossil fuels for energy — heavy precipitation events are becoming more likely and more severe.

  • This was on display in Henan, as well as in Europe, where devastating flooding hit several countries, including Germany.

What's next: The death toll is expected to rise as rescue operations continue, and landslides and widespread damage to buildings have hampered searches.

In photos:

Firefighters rescuing people in Zhengzhou on July 22. Photo: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

Damaged vehicles stuck in a muddy road in Gongyi city on July 22. Photo: Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images

A person carrying a bag through a flooded street in Gongyi on July 22. Photo: Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images

People talking in a destroyed street in Gongyi on July 22. Photo: Jade Gao/AFP via Getty Images

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