Henan floods spark questions over early warnings

Issues raised by netizens include why TV station failed to provide public safety info

Cars sitting in flood waters following heavy rain in Zhengzhou in China's central Henan province yesterday. The rainy season has hit the country hard, with Henan province recording the highest rainfall to date. Over 200mm of rain fell in one hour in
Cars sitting in flood waters following heavy rain in Zhengzhou in China’s central Henan province on July 22, 2021. PHOTOS: AFP
Cars sitting in flood waters following heavy rain in Zhengzhou in China's central Henan province yesterday. The rainy season has hit the country hard, with Henan province recording the highest rainfall to date. Over 200mm of rain fell in one hour in
A damaged bridge seen on Wednesday after heavy rain caused severe flooding in Gongyi in Henan province.PHOTO: AFP

Questions are being raised online in China on whether sufficient warnings were issued ahead of the deadly flooding in Henan that has claimed 33 lives so far.

Another eight people are missing and nearly 400,000 people have been relocated following heavy rain from last Saturday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2021, with the headline 'Henan floods spark questions over early warnings'. Subscribe