HANGZHOU, Oct. 14 (Xinhua) -- 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 sparked public uproar online.
A post with the picture on Twitter-like Sina Weibo said 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 top brand shoes.
The Sanqishi Township government, for which the official surnamed Wang worked, said he had been removed from his post -- director of the town's construction office.
The government said Wang was wearing cloth material shoes when visiting a victim's house.
To get over a small pond, Wang was about to take off the shoes and walk barefoot. However, a villager lifted Wang on his back despite Wang insisting on walking barefoot, according to the government.
Exiting the house, the villager carried Wang again.
Tens of thousands of people in Yuyao were affected by floods after Typhoon Fitow-triggered downpours lashed the city last week.