The State Council of China announced on Monday that it had established a flood disaster investigation team in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province on July 20. This is a timely decision. According to the latest data released by the Henan Provincial Government on Monday, the floods have caused 302 deaths and 50 people are missing. Among them, 292 people died in Zhengzhou alone and 47 were missing, which is very distressing. The
July 20th flood is a rare extreme weather phenomenon. However, the public is questioning whether the government and relevant departments have performed their duties and have been awaiting authoritative conclusions. To some extent, all extreme disasters can take people by surprise, but this forces us to do more in preventive measures. Emergency mechanisms must be activated and executed in time to minimize the number of people affected by disasters.
This time, many parts of Henan were severely affected, while the number of people in other parts of the province was very small. This may be because other disaster-affected areas have increased their vigilance after witnessing the dire consequences of the Zhengzhou flood. Heavy rains hit the city first, which was an unexpected test for local emergency management.
However, so many deaths are not what the public wants to see. Are there
omissions that can be avoided? Are there some officials who perform their functions ineffectively, or even neglect or neglect their functions? It is believed that the investigation team will investigate this matter and make a credible assessment and determination.
cities, including Zhengzhou, Henan, did their best to combat the floods. In more than ten days, countless poignant stories have emerged and a host of heroes have emerged. China is located in the monsoon zone and has a history of resilience to disasters. The indomitable spirit of this nation is a concrete manifestation of countless people in one disaster after another. Therefore, if all the problems exposed by the Zhengzhou floods were frustrated and held accountable, it would not only violate the current reality, but also the historical reality.
Learning lessons and holding relevant personnel accountable is a great advantage of the Chinese system. In recent years, all disasters in this country have undergone serious post-mortem investigations and criminal officials have been held accountable. This is an important institutional motivation for China to strengthen disaster prevention and mitigation governance.
China is a country with frequent floods. This requires us to pay more attention to floods and propose a more stringent and effective emergency mobilization mechanism. In recent years, the biggest problem in the northern part of the county is water shortage, and overall flood prevention awareness has declined. However, the floods in Zhengzhou once again sounded the alarm for the entire north: we can no longer underestimate the threat of extreme weather such as floods. We must be prepared for extreme disasters that have never been seen in the past. Preventing them from happening is an essential public curriculum for local governments.
We firmly hope that no matter how many times extreme weather conditions occur, after the Henan floods, the disaster resilience of the entire North China region will qualitatively improve and there will be no more serious casualties. We have learned many lessons, we have repeatedly fallen into the pit and have gained some of our wits. China’s comprehensive disaster resilience must turn a new page.
The investigation and accountability of the State Council ensured that the lessons of Zhengzhou were fully clarified and deeply remembered by the whole society. This is how socialist China continues to move forward and make progress while correcting its own problems.
China’s State Council established a task force on Monday to investigate torrential rains and floods that caused 302 deaths and heavy losses in central China’s Henan Province. The team will conduct a true and comprehensive scientific investigation and review of disaster response work, summarize experience, present recommendations for disaster reduction, and punish possible breach of duty. 4,444 experts said credible investigations are the key to answering the suspicions of the masses and an important way to rebuild the credibility of local governments.
Henan provincial authorities said at a press conference on Monday that one of the deadliest accidents caused by natural disasters. Since heavy rains and floods hit Henan in mid-July, the death toll as of Monday has soared to 302, and there are still 50 people. The whereabouts are unknown. Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, had the highest death toll at 4,444, with 292 people and 47 missing. Among them, 189 people died from floods and mudslides, 54 people died from collapsed houses, and 39 people died from underground floods. Among the 4,444 deaths, the subway flood, which killed 14 people, and the Beijing-Guangzhou tunnel flood, which killed 6 people, received the most attention. After the
disaster, some people asked whether enough attention was paid to storm forecasts, whether disaster response could be better managed and some deaths could be avoided.
Henan Province Governor Wang Kai said at a press conference on Monday that the flood was a major test and exposed governance deficiencies. He vowed to learn lessons and strengthen flood control and urban management. Mr. Wang expressed his condolences to the victims and the workers who gave their lives in flood prevention and rescue.
After the “Oriental Star” cruise ship that sank the Yangtze River was wrecked on June 1, 2015, the Henan rains disaster is considered one of the deadliest events caused by natural disasters in recent years. The accident caused 396 deaths and 46 disappearances due to the severe convective climate. Investigative reports
are expected to cover the entire disaster response process, including early warning, emergency plans and response measures, as well as the problem of deaths in the underground space of most concern to the public.
On July 20, Zhengzhou Subway Line 5 (one of the busiest subway lines in the city) was flooded, forcing the train to stop between Shakou Road Station and Haitan Temple Station. More than 500 passengers on board were trapped in deep water for nearly four hours. 14 people died after heavy rains flooded the subway. The
tragedy has sparked reflections across the country, and decisive action must be taken to prevent problems before they happen. The establishment of task force
reflects the great attention of the State Council to these important victims and property losses, said Professor Zhang of Beijing University. the Global Times on Monday. Zhang said that the sudden disaster reminds us not to underestimate the natural disasters that we rarely experience, or lack relevant drills and a rapid response to minimize casualties and losses. Flood
will lead to a major reassessment and approval of the entire Zhengzhou emergency management and response mechanism, but considering the current resurgence of COVID19 in the city, this represents a challenge for the city’s governance resources, leading to time, Zhang pointed out.
Beijing Public Environment Research Director Ma Jun told the Global Times that the Henan flood exposed gaps in administrative management and the construction and maintenance of flood control.
On July 20, the Zhengzhou Municipal Meteorological Department issued a total of 10 red warnings for heavy rain. The highest early warning sign, the red warning ring, requires suspension of meetings, classes, and business suspension (except in special industries), and all emergency responses are required. But the red alert did not sound an alarm from the local Henan government.
Some Zhengzhou residents contacted by the Global Times stated that they did not receive suspension from school or business until July 21, and many people continued to travel as usual. Sending a task force for
is a strong sign that the central government is investigating and punishing inappropriate behavior in the Zhengzhou disaster, telling the public that the local government cannot turn a blind eye to the issues raised. .
China Disaster Prevention Association expert Gao Jianguo told the Global Times on Monday that the traditional methods of mourning the dead and commemorating disaster relief heroes in recent decades have not been enough to dispel public doubts.
“During the post-disaster period, it is vital to restore the credibility of local governments by providing transparent and responsible feedback and reflecting on the entire process,” Gao said.Thoughts on the future Cities other than Zhengzhou have also suffered urban floods. As some rural areas are still increasing drainage and resettlement of victims, the loss statistics can be further updated.
In Xinxiang City, north of Zhengzhou and on the opposite bank of the Yellow River, some villages are still submerged by floods. 7 people have died and 3 people are missing. Two people died in Pingdingshan City and one in Luohe City.
Approximately 14.5 million people were affected in 150 counties in Henan province. Residents evacuated reached a peak of 1.47 million people, while some returned home later. As of Monday, 933,800 people have been relocated.
Some 89,000 houses collapsed and 1.09 million hectares of agricultural land were damaged, of which 253 hectares were completely destroyed
According to the press conference, direct economic losses caused by heavy rains, floods and floods totaled 114.3 billion yuan (17.7 billion US dollars). Since July 16, 4,444 historic torrential rains hit the northern part of Henan province, setting new records for daily and hourly precipitation. The weather forecasting agency said precipitation in Zhengzhou on July 20 was close to the city’s average annual precipitation.