Hard­work­ing of­fi­cial found dead in his car

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG LI in Nan­ning zhangli@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Pan Linhe, 51, had worked so much dur­ing re­cent floods that he couldn’t even see his wife.

Pan, who was head of the civil af­fairs of­fice of Long­shui in the Guangxi Zhuang au­ton­o­mous re­gion, was found dead in his car on July 5 after work­ing with­out a break for sev­eral days after se­vere rain­fall struck Quanzhou county.

He was sup­posed to join his wife in han­dling the fu­neral of his brother-in-law, but he was un­able to keep his word.

Li Chun­lin, Pan’s wife — mother of a son and a 4-month-old daugh­ter — de­scribed the news of her hus­band’s death as a bolt from the blue. She was of­ten un­able to con­tact him, she said, call­ing him a worka­holic.

“He is into cal­lig­ra­phy and writ­ing, so he of­ten stayed up to han­dle lots of doc­u­ments, go­ing be­yond his duty. But he was happy to serve peo­ple, so he never cared about the heavy work,” Li said.

Tang Ren­gang, a col­league on Pan’s team, re­called that when they rushed to Jin­tian vil­lage, where grain fields were heav­ily dam­aged by flood­wa­ters, Pan felt such pity for the res­i­dents that he vis­ited them door-to-door to ad­dress their needs.

“He had lit­tle time to rest. In the day­time we moved res­i­dents to safety in case of a house col­lapse. At night we had to record the losses,” Tang said.

Be­fore he walked to his car for a break on July 4, Pan was hand­ing out re­lief goods to dis­abled res­i­dents who suf­fered losses in the dis­as­ter. He also served as the chair­man of the lo­cal branch of the China Dis­abled Per­sons’ Fed­er­a­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Tang Hong, deputy head of pub­lic­ity for Quanzhou, Pan was a dili­gent of­fi­cial who was al­ways close to the peo­ple.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment said on Mon­day that the ex­ces­sive work and fa­tigue was no doubt the main cause of Pan’s sud­den death by heart at­tack, and he would be treated as a hero.

A new round of rain­storms have bat­tered 25 coun­ties in Guangxi since Mon­day. Twenty rivers in the re­gion have seen floods sur­pass warn­ing lev­els, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional hy­drol­ogy and wa­ter re­sources bureau. As of 5 pm on Wed­nes­day, two peo­ple had died and 83,600 peo­ple had been af­fected by floods.

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