Heavy Rain and Flood in China: Since July 16, there has been a record rain in Henan. In Zhengzhou, 617.1 mm of rain fell in three days, which is close to the city’s average annual rainfall.
Heavy rains and floods have caused a lot of devastation in China. AFP
China Flood latest News: The death toll from the unexpected floods that occurred last month due to the heaviest rain in a thousand years in Henan province of central China has exceeded three times compared to the previous official figures. The Chinese government on Monday ordered an investigation into the methods of dealing with the disaster. According to local officials, Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province, is the most affected. A total of 292 people were confirmed dead here and 47 are still missing.
Provincial officials had put the death toll at 99 on Friday, which has increased to 302. While 50 others are still missing. More than 1.45 million 30 thousand people have been affected in 150 county-level areas due to the torrential rains. According to the information, more than one lakh 90 thousand hectares of crops were damaged and more than 30,600 houses collapsed across the province.
Year’s equivalent rain in 3 days
Henan has received record rainfall since July 16. In Zhengzhou, 617.1 mm of rain fell in three days, which is close to the city’s average annual rainfall. The city also recorded a record rainfall rate of 201.9 mm per hour. The local government has come under severe criticism for not being transparent about the damage caused by the floods and the loss of life and property after the worst floods in the region.
Investigation team constituted to assess the damage
With the death toll rising, the State Council (China’s cabinet) announced on Monday that it had decided to set up an investigation team to assess the handling of the devastating floods in Zhengzhou. An official statement said the team would be headed by the Ministry of Emergency Management. Officers and experts of the concerned departments will be involved in this. The statement said that those who were found violating their duties during the Zhengzhou floods. They will be held responsible as per law and regulations. Weather forecasters said it was the heaviest rain in 1,000 years. (Language)
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