China suspends 4 local officials after deadly floods in Hebei province

(From AP)

Provincial authorities in northern China said Sunday that they have suspended four local officials for inadequately responding to floods over the past week that killed 114 people and left 111 others missing.

An abandoned bus filled with sand bags is used to build a makeshift dike at a flooded area in Xingtai, Hebei Province, China, July 21, 2016. Picture taken July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

A bus, filled with sand bags used to build a makeshift dike, abandoned at a flooded area in Xingtai, Hebei Province, China, July 21, 2016. Picture taken July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer

The Hebei provincial government said on its official microblog account that it was suspending the head of a development zone in the city of Xingtai, the chief engineer of a city transport bureau and two other bureaucrats.

The move comes as China’s government has been fighting massive flooding this summer that has also threatened embankments along rivers in central China, with authorities mobilizing troops and heavy equipment to fill the gaps. Already, 576 people have been recorded as dead or missing nationwide in the first half of the year. Read More



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