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China Orders Henan Flood Probe After Death Toll Surges

  • More than 290 were killed in Zhengzhou, while 47 are missing
  • Probe will hold those found guilty of negligence accountable
Floral tributes in memory of flood victims, in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou, China, on July 27.

Floral tributes in memory of flood victims, in front of a subway station in Zhengzhou, China, on July 27.

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China’s State Council will launch a probe after the death toll from the flooding in Henan province surged from 99 to 302, according to official media reports.

The Cabinet decided to carry out a “comprehensive and objective assessment” of Henan’s disaster response, which will be led by the Ministry of Emergency Management, in a bid to improve disaster prevention and relief, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The probe will also “hold anyone responsible for dereliction of duty,” according to the report.