China officials fired for Typhoon Nepartak response

The river in Bandong Town on 12 July 2016, in Fuijan, China, showing riverside buildings damaged and a river full of debris. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Huge amounts of debris was left behind when floodwaters receded

Three Chinese officials have been sacked for their "inadequate response" to a deadly typhoon, state media has reported.

Typhoon Nepartak had weakened to a tropical storm when it hit eastern Fujian province last week, but still killed at least 83 people.

Thousands of homes were destroyed in the provincial capital Fuzhou, said the Xinhua news agency.

The officials were from worst-hit Minqing County, where 73 died, it said.

The county's deputy party chief and acting head was fired, along with two other officials.

The typhoon also badly affected Taiwan, killing three people and forcing the evacuation of thousands more.

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Image caption Xinhua said the economic damage was estimated at 7.1bn yuan ($1.1bn; £0.8bn)
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Image caption Provincial capital Fuzhou was badly hit

The south of China is experiencing severe flooding, following weeks of rain. At least 230 people have been killed and dozens remain missing.

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