Beijing blames weather and local authorities for July flood disaster in Henan province in investigation report

Beijing released a revised total fatalities and missing persons in an online report after considering an investigation into the catastrophic floods that struck central China last July.

In its 46-page report, China’s highest government agency, the State Council, elaborated on the seriousness of the storm, calling it “a rare heavy rain in history,” and floods were caused by both extreme weather and negligence. I concluded that. Of local civil servants and construction staff.

From July 17th to 23rd last year, heavy rain fell in Henan Province, flooding the mountain pond. Floods flooded cities and rural areas, submerged subways and tunnels, and wiped out people and their property.

Record heavy rainfall of over 201 millimeters (8 inches) was recorded between 4 pm and 5 pm on July 20, 2021, according to local weather officials.

The city was soon flooded and by the afternoon the water level had risen to waist level. Despite the floods, the subway system and underground tunnels continued to operate.

Videos and messages of desperate passengers and drivers trapped in subway line 5 and the Kyohikari highway tunnel were online and sought help. Both local and central governments reported that 12 people were killed on subway line 5 and 6 people were killed in tunnels.

After a heavy rain in Zhengzhou, central Henan Province, China on July 21, 2021, people are looking at a car sitting at the entrance of a flood tunnel. (STR / AFP via Getty Images)

According to a report by the State Council, the top leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Prime Minister Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, have given “important instructions” and 16 other state leaders have also made flood control and “clear demands”. Disaster relief during last year’s crisis.

Beijing continues to blame local officials for “negligence and negligence” when they are aware of the risks and do not act. Will be done. “

In addition, various levels of local officials stated that they “delayed the reporting and concealment of deaths and missing persons at various stages,” and concealed or postponed reports of a total of 139 dead or missing persons. The report states that Zhengzhou has concealed 75 cases, county-level authorities have concealed 49 cases, and the town and neighboring communities have concealed 15 cases.

The report does not provide details on the names of flood victims, nor is it the number of newly discovered cases in a central government investigation that reported 398 dead and missing victims. Not explained.

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July 2021, article It was published in Secret China, an independent overseas Chinese media, and analyzed the daily operation data of the Zhengzhou subway company.

According to the article Like a tunnel company, The subway company had advanced surveillance technology and equipment. In addition, passengers had to swipe the metrocard to get in and out of the subway station, providing the subway company with a detailed database of passenger numbers. According to Chinese media, more than 1.2 million passengers traveled by subway on July 20, and Line 5 is the busiest, transporting an average of more than 374,000 passengers daily. On that miserable day, 91 trains were flooded.

The final death toll for state legislature subway line 5 and tunnels is the same as reported by local governments last year, with 12 subway and 6 tunnel dead.

The administration stopped those who mourn the dead and missing loved ones and detained photographers and mourners outside the Zhengzhou subway station after last year’s subway tragedy.

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People mourning the victims of a flood in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, central China on July 26, 2021, are placing flowers in front of a subway station. (Via STR / AFP, Getty Images)

Chinese current affairs commentator Tang Jingyuan Said “It was unrealistic to expect Li Keqiang,” he said on January 22. [the premier] Release true data. “

“If the actual data with huge potential is released, the responsibility is not limited to the Zhengzhou CCP secretary,” Tang said. “Henan leaders, and even the Chinese prime minister himself, will probably be held accountable. [for the disaster].. “

CCP generally covers the number of deaths from man-made disasters.

According to a press release on the official website of the council, eight people were arrested by police for “suspected violations of law and crime” in a flood disaster in Henan Province, including staff responsible for the construction of subway and highway tunnels. I did. Meanwhile, 89 government officials have been investigated by the CCP’s Disciplinary Action Committee.

GuQing’er contributed to the report.

Sophia Lamb


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