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City's government pledges toll truth

(Shanghai Daily)

08:45, July 25, 2012

THE Beijing city government says it has been and will continue to be truthful in reporting the death toll from the weekend's flooding amid online skepticism.

Spokeswoman Wang Hui told reporters yesterday that 37 people died in the city. She said flood-hit areas were still being inspected and any updates would be disclosed promptly.

"I want to say I hope everyone will not speculate that the Beijing government is hiding the death toll," said Wang, who at moments during the briefing became tearful as she described the force of the downpour.

"Doing the inspection work is not easy. Do believe us that we will speak the truth," she said. "If there are new figures we will immediately tell you."

Rumors had been circulating online about higher casualties.

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