Beijing sees power reshuffle amid flood scandalAssociated Press
BEIJING — The People’s Daily newspaper says Beijing’s mayor and a vice mayor have resigned in what is likely a routine reshuffling but which comes amid public questioning of the government’s handling of rainstorms that left at least 37 dead in the capital.
Outgoing Mayor Guo Jinlong had already been tapped for a promotion to the city’s top position as Communist Party secretary, so his resignation, announced Wednesday, was not unexpected. One of his vice mayors, Ji Lin, also resigned and is expected to get a new post.
Local officials in a district hit hardest by Saturday’s record rainfall have suggested the death toll could climb higher.
The massive flooding is a major embarrassment for China’s capital, which spent billions of dollars modernizing the city while apparently neglecting its drainage systems.