Shhh everything is just fine and dandy in flood ravaged areas of China. The Chinese government on Monday began censoring news coverage of flooding in the country after poor rescue and search management led to the death of 37 people and sparked outrage among Chinese citizens.
Along with news coverage being severed censors also deleted various microblog posts that criticized the official response to the flooding disaster in Beijing.
City propaganda chief Lu Wei spoke with media outlets and told them the only news to report would be “achievements worthy of praise and tears.”
Citizens in the country wrote online that officials failed to implement a warning system quickly enough and that the city’s collapsing drainage systems network was to blame.
Microblogs also lit up after the Beijing government asked for emergency flood relief fund donations. Bloggers believe the Chinese government shouldn’t be asking for ordinary people to pay for damage that could have been prevented through better fundamental infrastructure.
At least 72,000 negative responses to Beijing’s call for money were deleted on Monday.
Not all agencies have wiped clean the disaster of the last several days, state-run English-language newspaper The China Daily demanded that authorities in Beijing improve the drainage system in the city as it “leaves much to be desired.
Regardless of several calls to action most local news agencies have focused on human interest stories as requested by the countries censorship authorities.
At least seven people in one part of the city are still reported as missing and cleanup efforts are still underway.