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Death toll from floods in Henan province rises to 302
Published on: 2021-08-03
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The death toll from last month's floods in the central Chinese province of Henan rose to 302 as of Monday, officials said, triple the figure of 99 that was reported last week, with most of the fatalities reported in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.
 

In Zhengzhou, a city of 12 million that lies along the Yellow River, the death toll was 292, including 14 who perished when a subway line was flooded. In total, 39 people died in underground areas in Zhengzhou including garages and tunnels.
 

Over three days last month, 617.1 mm of rain fell in Zhengzhou, nearly equivalent to its annual average of 640.8 mm, causing widespread damage and disruption in a city that is a major transport and industrial hub.
 

Of the 50 people still missing in Henan province, 47 were from Zhengzhou, local officials told a briefing on Monday.
 

Direct economic losses in Henan reached 114.27 billion yuan , with more than 580,000 hectares of farmland affected.
 

特大洪涝灾害致河南302人遇难、50人失踪

7月17日以来,河南省遭遇极端强降雨,特别是7月20日郑州市遭受特大暴雨灾害,造成重大人员伤亡和财产损失。为深入贯彻落实习近平总书记关于防汛救灾重要指示精神和李克强总理等中央领导同志批示要求,根据有关法律法规规定,国务院决定成立调查组,由应急管理部牵头,相关方面参加,对河南郑州“7•20”特大暴雨灾害进行调查。调查组聘请专家为调查工作提供技术支撑。
 

调查组将依法依规、实事求是、科学严谨、全面客观地对灾害应对过程进行调查评估,总结灾害应对经验教训,提出防灾减灾改进措施,对存在失职渎职的行为依法依规予以问责追责。
 

此前,7月2日下午,河南省政府新闻办召开第十场“河南省防汛救灾”新闻发布会。河南省省长王凯在发布会上介绍,截至8月2日12时,此次特大洪涝灾害共造成河南省302人遇难,50人失踪。
 

其中,郑州市遇难292人,失踪47人;新乡市遇难7人,失踪3人;平顶山市遇难2人;漯河市遇难1人。会议开始时,在场人员全体起立,向因灾遇难者默哀。

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