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Expired Moldy Bread Given to Hainan Typhoon Disaster Victims

Moldy expired bread distributed to disaster victims as relief supplies in Hainan, China, after a typhoon.

Moldy expired bread distributed to disaster victims as relief supplies in Hainan, China, after a typhoon.

Currently the most discussed article on Chinese web portal NetEase…

From NetEase:

Hainan Officials Admit Disaster Victims Received Expired Bread, Establish Special Investigation Team

CNR.cn Haikou July 21 report — According to a report, today [July 21] at 3pm in the afternoon, the Hainan provincial government held a press conference on the damage suffered by the entire province from the typhoon as well as the typhoon relief efforts.

To help the people in disaster areas get through the current difficulties, the Hainan provincial government has already launched contingency plans [emergency response plans], providing a 900 yuan allowance to villagers whose homes have collapsed from the disaster and have no means of making a living. The Hainan provincial government has also disbursed funds to help residents rebuild their collapsed homes, with the subsidy amounts being 15,000 yuan per household with a collapsed home, and 3000 yuan per household with a damaged home. On the 19th in Wenchang city’s Wengtian town, many villagers reported that the bread [or pastries] they received was actually expired [past date], which the head of the Hainan Provincial Civil Affairs Bureau Miao Jianzhong admitted to at today’s press conference. He had dispatched people to Wenchang to verify this and said the problem that the ordinary common people report was indeed true, that he abhorred this issue, that it was the fault of the Civil Affairs Bureau, that they have already established a special investigation team to thoroughly investigate, will determine responsibility, and make sure those responsible are held accountable.

(Original title: Hainan Officials Admit Disaster Victims Received Expired Bread, Have Already Established Special Investigation Team)

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Comments from NetEase:

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小禅师 [网易广西南宁市手机网友]:

They say it is for disaster relief, but it is actually just cleaning out stock.

屠龙术 [网易吉林省长春市网友]:

A photo has been posted on the internet, so they had no choice but to admit it.

人民日报人民日 [网易北京市网友]:

Officials: Doesn’t look like eating it will kill people.

网易广东省深圳市手机网友 ip:112.97.*.*

CNM! If you people had just a tiny bit of humanity, you wouldn’t be able to do this kind of thing!

无敌的精神原子弹 [网易天津市手机网友]:

They’ve never taken the people seriously!

tousong [网易上海市手机网友]:

These government officials are hopeless.

christ840518 [网易广西桂林市网友]:

I’m 24 years old. Every day I go on a website called Lusiwu and then jack off. Does everyone think me doing this is good?

网易江苏省南通市手机网友 ip:61.177.*.*

Sent by the Red Cross?

[Note: China’s Red Cross Society is still suffering a public credibility crisis after a number of controversies including the one involving Guo Meimei.]

ZYE2100 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市手机网友]:

Fuck, there sure are a lot of people who want to die.

网易山东省淄博市手机网友 ip:222.175.*.*

Strictly punish [the culprits/those responsible]!

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Comments from NetEase:

网易江西省手机网友 ip:182.108.*.*

When it comes to disaster relief, it is not about what the ordinary common people need, but about what the Red Cross happens to have.

网易山东省济南市网友 ip:60.216.*.*

In the future, When it comes to disaster relief supplies and especially food, whoever distributes them shall be responsible for first using themselves as an example and eating it before giving it to others to eat. Those who agree, give me a ding. Motherfuckers.

网易广东省深圳市网友 [mengxiang35]: (responding to above)

When providing emergency aid/disaster relief to foreign disaster victims, we always give the best we have, but when giving emergency relief to domestic disaster victims, it is always the worst. Don’t blame others for looking down on China. Who would respect a country that doesn’t even treat its own people as people?

hsmzj03 [网易浙江省温州市网友]: (responding to above)

Giving foreigners the best and giving Chinese the worst, just what kind of mentality is this?

网易新加坡手机网友 ip:118.200.*.*

What? Will an investigation be of any use?

未闻慰问微闻维稳 [网易广东省佛山市网友]:

Hmph~ Trying to steal the limelight from our Red Cross distributing cotton blankets as disaster relief in hot weather?
Don’t even think about it!! [Also a pun here with Guo Meimei.]

shouji3328 [网易浙江省杭州市网友]:

Looks like not adding preservatives isn’t a good idea, haha.

网易广东省珠海市手机网友 ip:113.76.*.*

Wrapping myself in a cotton blanket eating expired bread during the hottest part of summer. I actually don’t want to die!

网易安徽省铜陵市手机网友 ip:117.70.*.*

Just how much is this crap that the Red Cross Society uses for disaster relief worth? Is it enough for Meimei to go to Macau once?

poi009999 [网易浙江省温州市网友]:

With the current weather in the south, the ordinary shelf life for bread is at most only 3 days. Those have already been 20 days, truly TMD. I bet it was purchased for cheap, declared [on accounting books/documents] at a high price, and the extra money all pocketed into their own wallets.

This news story is also currently the highest trending hashtag (#Moldy Bread at Disaster Area#) on Chinese social network Sina Weibo.

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