Floods in central China: the toll triples to more than 300 dead

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The death toll from the July 20 floods in central China was sharply revised upwards on Monday, with local authorities now reporting 302 dead and 50 missing.

The precipitation that hit the metropolis of Zhengzhou, capital of the densely populated Henan province, engulfed a subway train and a road tunnel, sweeping away dozens of cars.

The previous report for the entire province reported a hundred deaths.

In front of the press, the mayor of Zhengzhou, Hou Jong, clarified that 39 people had lost their lives in underground parking lots.

At least 14 people were killed in a submerged metro at rush hour, where some 500 passengers in a train were trapped.

Local authorities have been criticized for not ordering the closure of public transport despite weather warnings.

Soldiers clean up a street after flooding.

Soldiers clean a street after flooding in Zhengzhou, central Henan Province, July 24, 2021.

Photo: Getty Images

In three days, the equivalent of nearly a year of precipitation fell in Zhengzhou – unprecedented in six decades of weather records – enough to fuel concerns about the impact of climate change.

Ms. Hou estimated the damage in her city at 53.2 billion yuan (nearly 10.3 billion Canadian dollars).

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