The people’s republic of China has admitted that a death toll rise of over three times higher than announced two weeks after the shocking floods took over the country.
Over 302 victims have registered so far were in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province. In addition, there are damages estimated at 8.2 billion dollars and the authorities promised to “learn the lessons.”
The vast majority of the victims were in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where 292 people died and 47 were missing . Other ten people were killed in three cities, authorities said in a press conference.
A historic rains flooded Zhengzhou on July 20 and turned the streets into torrents, as well as flooding the underground network . Videos posted online showed people trapped in the wagons as the water rose.
Rainfall in the metropolis engulfed a subway train and a road tunnel, washing away dozens of cars.
Zhengzhou Mayor Hou Jong told reporters that 39 people had died in underground parking lots.
At least 14 people were killed in a subway that flooded at rush hour , and 500 passengers in a car were trapped.
Local authorities were criticized for not ordering the closure of public transport despite weather warnings.
The previous official report, on July 29, threw 99 deaths.
The mayor of Zhengzhou estimated the damage in her city at 53.2 billion yuan ( 8.2 billion dollars, almost 7 billion euros ).
For his part, the governor of Henan, Wang Kai , offered his condolences to the families of the deceased and promised to “learn the lessons” of the disaster in order to establish more effective control measures and flood prevention in the future.
The same rain fell in Zhengzhou in three days as in almost a year , a record in six decades of meteorological records, fueling concern about the impact of climate change.
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