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China’s State Council to probe flood responses in Henan

Rescuers help evacuate stranded people at the entry to an expressway in flood-hit Zhengzhou, central China’s Henan province, July 23, 2021. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

BEIJING – The State Council, China’s cabinet, announced Monday that it has decided to set up an investigation team to assess the responses to the devastating flood in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou.

The investigation aims to summarize the experience and lessons drawn from the response and propose measures that can be taken to improve disaster prevention and relief in the future, the State Council said in a statement

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The team will be headed by the Ministry of Emergency Management and include officials and experts from relevant departments, the State Council said in a statement.

The investigation aims to summarize the experience and lessons drawn from the response and propose measures that can be taken to improve disaster prevention and relief in the future, the statement said.

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Those who are found breaching their duties in the Zhengzhou flood will be held responsible according to the law and regulations, it added.

As of Monday noon, a total of 292 people were confirmed dead and 47 missing in Zhengzhou City, the provincial capital of Henan, due to the serious flood in mid-July, according to the provincial government.

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