Chinese official say the death toll from last month’s floods in the central province of Henan has now risen to 302.
, The latest tally, issued on Monday, has tripled the figure of ninety-nine that was reported last week, with most of the fatalities recorded in the provincial capital Zhengzhou.
Zhengzhou city, 12-million-people-strong, lies along the Yellow River, reported 292 deaths, including fourteen who perished when a subway line was flooded.
In total, thirty-nine people died in underground areas in Zhengzhou including garages and tunnels.
Last month, over three days of torrential rains (amounting to 617.1 mm) fell in Zhengzhou, nearly equivalent to its annual average of 640.8 mm. The downpour caused widespread damage and disruption in a city that is a major transport and industrial hub.
Of the fifty people still missing in Henan province, forty-seven were from Zhengzhou, Reuters quoted local officials as saying on Monday.
Official sources say direct economic losses in Henan reached 18 billion Dollars, with more than 580,000 hectares of farmland affected.
China’s official Xinhua news agency reported the country’s State Council as saying it will set up a team to investigate the disaster in Zhengzhou and will hold officials accountable if found to have derelicted their duty.