Of­fi­cials sus­pended over flood deaths

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FOUR Chi­nese of­fi­cials have been sus­pended fol­low­ing dev­as­tat­ing floods that left more than 200 dead and miss­ing and pro­voked wide­spread out­rage over an al­leged cover-up by the au­thor­i­ties, state me­dia re­ported.

Tor­ren­tial rains lashed the north this week, driv­ing more than 300,000 peo­ple from their homes and leav­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands more trapped as wa­ters rose.

But a flash flood near the town of Xing­tai in He­bei prov­ince pro­voked par­tic­u­lar out­rage af­ter lo­cals ac­cused of­fi­cials of fail­ing to warn them of the im­pend­ing del­uge – and try­ing to cover up the cause of the dis­as­ter

The al­leged mis­take left at least 25 dead and 13 miss­ing.

He­bei’s Com­mu­nist Party com­mit­tee said it has sus­pended two Xing­tai town of­fi­cials, as well as a chief en­gi­neer and a deputy county head, for “dere­lic­tion of duty”, the Xin­hua news agency re­ported. –

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