Walking to a Hebei gaokao testing centre in the midst of a massive thunderstorm on June 7, Wang Jinhe died tragically when she fell into a drainage ditch, drowning. Wang was one of 9.12 million students scheduled to take the National College Entrance Examination this year.
Authorities found the body of the 19 year old five hours after the accident, but refused to take immediate action following the family reported incident for fear of causing “unnecessary harm” to recovery workers.
The current in the drainage ditch was furious after the storm unleashed 97.2 millimeters of rain in three hours, and the family was forced to hire an excavator to try and rescue the girl, to no avail.
Authorities retrieved the girl five hours later in a ditch three kilometers away from the initial scene. Wang was rushed to the hospital, but died after five hours of emergency operations. Wang’s uncle said the road did not have protective railings.
This event is just one of many recent preventable deaths that happened throughout the country, including a drowning where manhole-covers were swept away during a storm.
Wang Jinhe’s life is one ended too early and so unfairly. She was a good student, but after an uncharacteristically low first testing score, she decided to retake the test.
On the way to the testing centre, her aunt’s car engine died because of the rising water. Wang Jinhe decided to run on the road to school where she fell into the ditch, a mere 1.5 kilometers away from her destination. In her last phone call with her mom, she said she felt good about her results this time round. How little those scores matter now.
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