Beijing says it's been truthful on flooding deaths
Beijing: The Beijing city government says it has been and will continue to be truthful in its reporting of the death toll from the weekend's heavy flooding amid online scepticism.
Spokeswoman Wang Hui told reporters on Tuesday that 37 people died because of the heavy rains on Saturday. She said flood-hit areas were still being inspected and any updates will be disclosed promptly.
The vow of transparency comes as some Chinese microblogs users voiced doubts about the official death toll and circulated rumours about higher casualties.
The official Xinhua News Agency cited the Civil Affairs Ministry as counting 111 storm deaths around the country as of this afternoon.
Authorities were still trying to pump water from sections of flooded highway after Beijing's heaviest rain in six decades.