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Chinese officials suspended over floods

Four Chinese officials were suspended following devastating floods that left more than 200 dead or missing.

This came after widespread outrage over an alleged cover-up by the authorities, state media reported yesterday.

Torrential rains lashed northern China this week, driving over 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.

Locals accused officials of failing to warn them of the impending deluge, and trying to cover up the cause of the disaster.

It left at least 25 dead and 13 missing, and public anger over the situation mounted after pictures of the corpses of drowned children being pulled from the muddy floodwaters circulated online. - AFP.

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