Death Toll Jumps to More Than 300 in Recent China Flooding

BEIJING (AP) -
People wade through floodwaters on a road amid heavy rainfall in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, July 20. (China Daily via Reuters)

Chinese authorities have announced a large jump in the death toll from recent floods. The Henan provincial government said Monday that 302 people died and 50 remain missing.

The vast majority of the victims were in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital, where 292 died and 47 are missing. Ten others died in three other cities, officials said a news conference.

Record rainfall inundated Zhengzhou on July 20, turning streets into rushing rivers and flooding the subway system. Videos posted online showed people trapped in subway cars as the waters rose. Fourteen people died in the subway flooding.