Flood death toll rises to 302, dozens still missing


Beijing: The death toll from floods in central China last month is at least 302 with dozens of people still missing, officials said, after record downpours dumped a year’s worth of rain on a city in three days.

Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan province and the epicentre of the record flooding, was hardest-hit with 292 people dead and 47 missing, according to a provincial government press briefing, as residents were trapped in subway trains, underground car parks, and tunnels.

Images of passengers inundated by shoulder-height water went viral on Chinese social media on Line 5 of the city subway where 14 people died, while dozens of cars in a tunnel were tossed aside by the deluge, many with passengers still inside.

“Thirty-nine people were found dead in underground carparks,” Zhengzhou’s mayor Hou Hong told reporters while updating the toll, adding that six died in a car tunnel.

Heavy downpours that began July 17 affected almost 13 million people, damaged nearly 9,000 homes, and incurred economic losses in Henan estimated at 53 billion yuan (RM34.5bil) — AFP

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