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China says sorry over mouldy food for Rammasun victims

Local authorities in China’s Hainan province apologised on Monday (July 21) after residents in areas hit by Super Typhoon Rammasun received mouldy food as part of disaster relief supplies. 

HAINAN: Local authorities in China’s Hainan province apologised on Monday (July 21) after residents in typhoon-hit areas received mouldy food as part of disaster relief supplies. Miao Jianzhong, head of the provincial civil affairs authorities in Hainan, said at a press conference that the products have been sent for investigation.

“This is our department’s responsibility as we had sent the supplies,” Miao said.

According to Xinhua, residents affected by Super Typhoon Rammasun in southern China had received from the local government mouldy bread and cakes, among other disaster relief goods.

A commentary from Xinhua said 200 villagers in typhoon-hit areas received the mouldy supplies.

The goods were reportedly purchased from a factory in Fujian province, and had not reached their expiration dates.

The incident comes after relief goods for victims of a 2008 earthquake in Sichuan province were reportedly found rotting in a store room in April this year. 

Xinhua on Monday said 38 people were either dead or missing after Typhoon Rammasun - the strongest storm to hit China in decades - battered Guangxi province and Hainan island packing winds exceeding 200 kilometres an hour.

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