After super typhoon Nepartak wreaked havoc in east China's Fujian province claiming at least 83 lives, the country has suspended three officials for not responding to the crisis properly. One of the officials suspended was from the worst-hit Minqing County in Fuzhou that reported 73 deaths.
Typhoon Nepartak is the first to hit the country in 2016. It hit Fujian Province on 9 July and has so far caused economic losses of more than 7.1bn Chinese yuan (£803m, $1.06bn) in the affected region, according to the state news agency Xinhua.
Huang Shiyang, deputy party chief and acting government head of Minqing County, Lin Yuanhui, Party chief of Bandong Town, and the town's deputy Party chief Zhan Qiaoying were suspended from their duties following the heavy loss of life and property due to the typhoon. The typhoon also led to the disruption of electricity and telecommunication services in 11 towns and townships in Minqing County. The provincial government has reportedly set aside 170m Chinese yuan for relief work in the affected areas.
The typhoon has affected about 200,000 people from Fuzhou's five counties and districts and about 10,000 houses have collapsed. A total of 17 people are still missing in Minqing County, where one-third of the population has been affected by the typhoon, the news agency reported.