Pressure blamed for official suicide in SW China

Updated: 2010-03-09 01:17
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KUNMING - Work pressure was to be blamed for the suicide of a county official in southwest China's Yunnan Province, local authorities said on Monday.

Li Jianrong, 36, was head of Lufeng County's water conservation bureau, when he jumped off from his sixth floor office at 6:25 p.m. on March 3. He died after first aid treatment.

Li killed himself for being over-stressed with drought and quake relief work. No evidence of murder was found, according to a statement by a joint investigation team of local police and government.

The severest drought in 60 years is plaguing Yunnan. And Lufeng County was hit by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake on February 25.

Li had been a very responsible official. He had claimed himself to be under pressure and suffering from insomnia before the suicide, Li's colleagues said.

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