September 14, 2008
Local Leaders Purged After China Mudslide
Chinese provincial officials were removed from their jobs Sunday as officials said the death toll from last week's deadly Shanxi mudslide reached 254.
Meng Xuenong, governor of Shanxi Province, tendered his resignation and Zhang Jianmin, the province's vice governor, was removed from his post at a Communist Party congress Sunday, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported.
Xinhua said a preliminary investigation found that the mine was unlicensed and the storage pond filled beyond its capacity, a situation that turned dangerous when heavy rain drenched the area.