January 29, 2023

China floods: Death toll rises to 302 as Govt explosion complicates recovery

Heavy rains hit Henan province on July 20, causing flooding in several cities and towns. Zhengzhou, the provincial capital with a population of 12 million, was one of the hardest hit areas, the entire neighborhood was submerged and passengers were trapped in subway cars that were flooded.

A total of 50 people are still missing across Henan, most of them from Zhengzhou, provincial deputy governor Wu Quoding told a news conference Monday.

Of the total deaths, 292 belonged to Zhengzhou, Wu said. Most were killed by floods and landslides, while dozens of homes collapsed, and 39 people drowned in underground areas, including basements and cellars.

Fourteen of the drowning deaths occurred on the subway line where many passengers were trapped up to their necks in the floodwaters in subway cars as fast-moving currents tore through the network of underground tunnels.

Dramatic videos of people sticking their handles on the ceiling to keep their heads above the water shocked the nation and made headlines around the world. More than 500 passengers were evacuated from the subway, officials said several days after the initial flooding.

Six more deaths drowned across the road, leaving passengers trapped inside their cars. Rescue teams spent several days draining floodwaters from a tunnel in the city of Zhengzhou.

In a statement on Monday, China’s state council said it would set up a committee to “investigate and assess” floods and deaths. The panel said it would review the “failure of duty” and “hold people accountable under the law and regulations.”

Flood It has also hit small towns and villages, causing rivers to overflow beyond warning levels and flooding numerous reservoirs, affecting hundreds of thousands of people, state media reported. The intensity of the flood was captured by several videos shared on Chinese social media, which showed people and cars being swept away in the flood.

Govt Challenges

An explosion Corona virus Zhengzhou has integrated the challenges facing the city as it struggles to recover from the catastrophic floods.
As of Monday, Zhengzhou had counted 13 local-spread symptom cases and 50 asymptomatic cases separately, according to the state-run news agency. Xinhua.
Most cases are linked to an outbreak in a hospital where cleaners, medical staff and patients are affected. The hospital has no clear links to only a few confirmed cases in Zhengzhou — but state-run media reports say they live nearby or have traveled near the hospital Global Times.
Genomic sequencing confirms that zhengzo cases are affected by the most contagious delta type – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Warned last week Chickenpox spreads easily even among completely vaccinated people.
Authorities are continuing to clean up, search and investigate investigations into the rescue and flooding, and they must now launch a major test effort for all residents, Global Times.
The delta variant challenges China's zero Govt strategy - and raises questions about its vaccine efficacy

It is unclear whether the Zhengzhou outbreak has been linked to another cluster of delta outbreaks in the eastern city of Nanjing over the past two weeks.

The eruption, which began in late July, was China’s worst months, when nine airport cleaners in Nanjing were found to be infected during a routine inspection. Since then, domestically spread Govt cases have been reported in at least 16 provinces Across China, including the tourist hotspot in the southern Chinese province of Hunan and the capital Beijing.

According to the National Health Commission, 90 new symptomatic cases and 23 asymptomatic cases were reported on Tuesday. According to health officials at various regional news conferences, most infections have been confirmed as delta variants.

Millions of people are now under the control of the movement. Nanjing has launched several rounds of testing for its 9.3 million residents, and has locked up residential mixes with confirmed cases. Public spaces such as bars, gyms and libraries are closed.

Similar measures and partial locks have been put in place in Zhangjiajie, where a theater show with thousands of participants sparked concern over a super-spread event. Restrictions have also been tightened in the national capital, Beijing, which has barred people from entering medium- or high-risk areas.

CNN’s Beijing Bureau reported.