A tribute to flood victims in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou. Photo: STR/AFP
A tribute to flood victims in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou. Photo: STR/AFP

China floods: why did death toll rise so sharply after 3 weeks?

  • The three-fold increase in confirmed deaths has fuelled fears of a cover-up following last month’s heavy rains in Henan province
  • Flood management expert Yin Jie says bureaucracy and the slow pace of recovery may be factors, and says the count is likely to continue to rise

A tribute to flood victims in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou. Photo: STR/AFP
A tribute to flood victims in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou. Photo: STR/AFP
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