Anger erupts in province over officials’ handling of China flood

(From AFP)

Anger erupted on Saturday over floods in northern China that left more than 100 people dead or missing, with media and internet users accusing officials of negligence.

An aerial view shows that roads and fields are flooded in Xingtai

An aerial view of flooded roads and fields in Xingtai, Hebei Province, China, July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

Torrential rain has lashed northern China this week, and a flash flood near the city of Xingtai in Hebei province, which left nine dead and 11 missing, has become the focus of public’s dissatisfaction with the government’s response to the disaster.

Angry villagers blamed local officials for failing to warn them of the impending deluge, with Hebei Satellite TV showing one resident saying water had reached chest-level before an alarm was raised.

Photos of the aftermath showed telephone poles toppled and homes completely collapsed, and debris submerged in a tide of brown mud.

Local deputy Communist party secretary Wang Qingfei drew ire for earlier comments that there had been “no casualties” in the flood, the Beijing News said. Read More

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