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Published: 23:38, January 21, 2022
Zhengzhou Party chief demoted over deadly flood
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Published:23:38, January 21, 2022 By Xinhua

Rescuers transfer stranded patients at Fuwai Central China Cardiovascular Hospital in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province, on July 22, 2021. (WU XIAOHUI / CHINA DAILY)

BEIJING - The former Party chief of Henan's Zhengzhou was demoted and given disciplinary punishment after an investigation found that he failed his duties in dealing with a deadly flood last summer.

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An investigation conducted by a team under the State Council determined that Xu Liyi had failed to effectively implement the decisions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council. Xu also failed to demonstrate the understanding, vigilance and precaution required to handle the risks posed by July's torrential rains.

An investigation conducted by a team under the State Council determined that former Zhengzhou Party chief Xu Liyi had failed to effectively implement the decisions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council

Police also detained eight people for suspected criminal offenses in the disaster and will pursue charges against them, according to the report released on Friday.

Meanwhile, 89 people holding public posts, including Xu, were punished with Party disciplinary and administrative penalties.

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Torrential rains hit Central China's Henan province from July 17 to 23 last year and affected over 14.79 million people in 150 county-level areas. A total of 398 people died or went missing due to the disaster and 95.5 percent of them were from the capital city Zhengzhou.

The disaster has caused direct economic losses of 120.06 billion yuan (about $18.91 billion) in the province, with 34.1 percent of the total reported in Zhengzhou.

Although the disaster was triggered by extreme weather, many problems and deficiencies were exposed, the investigation found.

Shortcomings in the local emergency-management system, including disaster prevention, mitigation and relief, have been exposed and the lessons have been profound, the team said.

The weaknesses also exist to varying degrees in many parts of the country, it noted, urging close attention and solid deeds to rectify them.

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