A Chinese grassroots official in flood-hit Zhejiang province was removed from his post on Monday after a picture of him being given a piggyback ride sparked public uproar online.
A post with the picture on the Twitter- like Sina Weibo said that an official in the city of Yuyao was carried on a villager's back while visiting flood victims because he was wearing a pair of topbrand shoes.
The official, surnamed Wang, was director of the Sanqishi town's construction office, but he has been removed, said the township government.
The government said that Mr Wang had been wearing cloth-material shoes when visiting a victim's house.
Mr Wang needed to cross a small pond and was ready to take his shoes off and walk barefoot.
But a villager lifted him on his back over his protests, reported China's official news agency Xinhua.
Exiting the house, the villager carried Mr Wang again.
Tens of thousands of people in Yuyao were affected by floods after Typhoon Fitow lashed the city last week.
Meanwhile, the city was under lockdown on Wednesday after reports of a violent protest involving thousands of people over slow relief work after the typhoon, residents and state media said.
Residents alleged that the authorities were slow in cleaning up floods and restoring power, the Global Times newspaper said.
The typhoon, which made landfall on Oct 7, killed at least 10 people, state media had reported.
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