Officials suspended over flood deaths
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. –