The CCP (Chinese Communist Party) reported a small number of deaths and missing in the Zhengzhou flood. However, the shocking number revealed is in stark contrast to what is reported from its media.
Horrific footage and photographs have been posted on the internet about “once in a thousand years” severe rainfall in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Contrary to these, the CCP’s media only confirmed a few small deaths or remained “quiet,” according to Jennifer Zeng, a well-known activist and bilingual writer, editor, and journalist.
In the morning of July 24, CCP’s mouthpiece Xinhua reported on 33 deaths and eight people missing.
However, Jennifer said, “ the death doll [toll] could be at least thousands, or tens of thousands.”
She justified her figures by self–calculating just the death toll in the flooded tunnel of Zhengzhou. “The tunnel we just saw is about 5 km long, and has 6 lanes, some say 8 lanes. Let’s assume it has 6 lanes. And the water peaked in the late afternoon on July 20, when everybody was rushing home”.
“Let’s say there was a car every seven meters in the tunnel, which is a quite conservative estimation,” she went on to say.
“If 5000 meters were divided by 7, multiply by 6, we get 4,285 automobiles. If each of the three automobiles had 2 persons in it, the death toll could be over 6000. The death toll may exceed 8000, even 12,000 people if each automobile had 2 or 3 people inside,” said Zeng.
Such scenes, though, were seen in many locations throughout Zhengzhou. Only one of the subway lines was used to determine this. Another line suffered from the same issue. Hundreds of people or more were said to be trapped inside.
“In a tunnel of Zhengzhou, while the flood rushed in and the situation was getting increasingly dangerous, the toll machine was still collecting tunnel fees. Within 5 minutes, the tunnel was all under water, with all the cars trapped inside,” Zeng said.
Victims were stuck for 20 hours aboard a train at a location only 10 kilometers from Zhengzhou at 9:56 p.m. on July 20. One person attempted to contact all of the government’s hotlines, but received no help, said another post.
Hundreds of hungry, cold, and might be suffocating people were still stuck in Zhengzhou’s subway system and waiting to be saved as of 1:30 a.m. local time on July 21.
What caused all of this?
53.4 billion yuan ($7.7 billion) would be spent to turn Zhengzhou into a “Sponge City”, which implies that the city will be able to absorb, store, then release and filter the water in the event of heavy rain, the CCP said in 2018.
‘Only after this deadly flood did people start to ask: Where are the 53 billion yuan? What has the CCP done to build the city’s drainage system and the subway system?” asked Zeng.
The employees at the Changzhuang Reservoir began releasing water around 10:30 a.m. on July 2t. However, the post was issued at 1:00 a.m. on July 21, about 15 hours later.
There was plenty of time for the authorities to react as the whole process when the subway was flooded did not happen in just one minute. They did not, however.
What the CCP is doing about it.
“Although the rain is heavy, but people of Zhengzhou are strong, optimistic, and not complaining,” stated the Zhengzhou government in a post published at 7:01 p.m. on July 20. “We firmly believe that after this rare rain, our city will be cleaner, our grasses and trees will be greener than ever.”
There is zero mention of the flood in Zhengzhou on the first page of the People’s Daily newspaper on July 21, the day following the flood peak. The same was said for other newspapers’ front pages.
Some western publications claimed that it is a “once in one thousand years” (as the Zhengzhou Weather Bureau put it) severe rain caused by “global warming,” and so on. They were just reproducing or repurposing CCP photos or footage about the flood.
CCP has also looked for a scapegoat, as one of its followers said, “I just want to ask, what on earth has the American army sent to Taiwan” said Rong Zheng, a film director.
“How come only several days after you landed in Taiwan, we encountered a once in a thousand year flood? Such a coincidence!”. There are also many photographs and footage concerning the weather weapons used by the American army beneath these words.
According to Zeng, he implied the U.S. military and Taiwan were responsible for the flood, using weather weapons.