Traumatised villagers in Chinese flood village say authorities failed to warn them of disaster
2016-07-25 14:44:09 GMT
"While some villagers believe the flood was caused by a deluge in an upstream reservoir, authorities have categorically denied the disaster was due to human error. But officials admitted their warnings, issued through TV, Wechat and microblogging services just a few minutes before the floods hit, may have been too late to avoid the heavy casualties in villages including Daxian where power and communications were also disrupted."
"The city of Xingtai was severely waterlogged after the flood waters receded. More heavy rain is forecast for the region in the coing days. Photo: Xinhua But villagers said it was local authorities’ attempts to cover up the disaster that had ignited their anger."
"Local deputy Communist Party chief Wang Qingfei said in an interview on Wednesday that the government-led evacuation efforts were a complete success with “no casualties”. A video of Wang kneeling before distraught, wailing relatives who lost family members went viral on social media, showing three distraught women clutching at his arm while asking how many had died. He later admitted that the authorities were aware of the casualties and he knelt down “in order to appease public anger and seek their understanding”."
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