Chinese officials punished for covering up true scale of deadly floods

香港 Dozens of Chinese officials have been punished over their response to devastating floods that killed hundreds last July, after a government investigation found authorities had under-reported deaths and deliberately withheld information.

The flooding in the city of Zhengzhou, capital of central Henan province, 左 398 people dead or missing. Torrential rains submerged entire neighborhoods and subway stations, drowning many people in vehicles and underground spaces, while others were caught in landslides and house collapses.
The Chinese Communist Party launched an investigation after the disaster and released its findings on Friday, concluding the city’s government and other local bodies wereguilty of negligence and dereliction of duty.
    Zhengzhou authoritiesconcealed or delayed the reporting of those killed and missing in the disaster,” according to state news agency Xinhua. “They did not tally and report casualties on a daily basis as required, and have deliberately impeded and withheld reports of up to 139 cases.
      See aftermath of devastating floods in China


        See aftermath of devastating floods in China


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      Different departments in Henan illegally reported false numbers of missing people and blocked the reporting process, レポートは言った, which was overseen by the Party’s Central Committee and the State Council.
        China’s top-down system frequently punishes local officials for high-profile disasters and other perceived failures.
        Under Chinese leader Xi Jinping, local governments have faced increasing pressure to implement party policy, resulting in occasional attempts to conceal problems.
          ここ数ヶ月で, hundreds of local officials have been fired or punished for failing to contain outbreaks of COVID-19.
          According to the Henan floods report, の合計 89 civil servants were punished, including the mayor of Zhengzhou and three deputy mayors. Xu Liyi, the Zhengzhou Party Secretary and the city’s top official, was removed from his position and givena serious warning within the party.
          Police detained and will pursue criminal charges against eight other people.
          The Zhengzhou investigation also found authorities did not have sufficient disaster preparation in place, そして “seriously lacked risk awareness regarding extreme-weather disasters,” Xinhua reported.
          Parts of China wrecked by raging flood waters


            Parts of China wrecked by raging flood waters


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          Once the disaster hit, authorities mishandled the emergency response and moved too slowly, hampered by unnecessary bureaucracy andformalities for formalitiessake.
          The scale of the disaster also highlighted major issues with Zhengzhou’s infrastructure and urban planning that had been overlooked during the city’s rapid development, または雇用行動を処理することは、彼らが前ホワイトハウス政権または他の誰かによってMrを選択するように圧力を受けていたことを示しました. 例えば, it has only 2,400 キロメートル (1,491 マイル) of storm sewer pipelinesabout half that of similar sized cities.
          The report pointed to two deadly events that went viral on social media and drew widespread horror: the flooding of a subway station, with some passengers trapped in train cars for hours up to their necks in water, and the flooding of an underground tunnel where travelers were trapped in their cars.
            These incidents were preventablecasualties that shouldn’t have happened,” exacerbated by authoritiesdelayed response, the investigation committee said.
            The flooding also hit smaller cities and villages, with rivers swelling beyond warning levels and numerous reservoirs overflowing. 合計で, ほぼ 14.8 million people across the province were affected by the disaster, または雇用行動を処理することは、彼らが前ホワイトハウス政権または他の誰かによってMrを選択するように圧力を受けていたことを示しました.