China punishes five officials for lake pollution

China has sacked or otherwise punished five officials for dereliction of duty after blue-green algae covered the country's third-largest lake, the Oriental Morning Post reported on Monday.
The officials received administrative demerits or dismissals for "inadequate work" or "dereliction in supervision" when dealing with the pollution in east China's Taihu Lake, which left tap water undrinkable for more than 2.3 million people in the city of Wuxi, the report said.
The officials were all from Yixing, which is under the jurisdiction of Wuxi and on the west side of the lake, and included a vice head of the local environment watchdog.