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  • Landslide-hit Houses to be Rebuilt by June 2011

    Published on August 11, 2010

    Reconstruction of houses toppled by landslides in Zhouqu County in northwestern China’s Gansu Province will be finished by June 2011, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Tuesday, the Beijing Times reported.

    The government will help the affected people reconstruct their homes, the ministry said in a statement. It also noted that repairs on damaged houses shall be finished by November this year.

    A total of 30,000 tents and other disaster relief materials including clothes, food and water have been delivered to or are on the way to Zhouqu, according to the ministry.

    China’s Ministry of Finance has allocated 500 million yuan, or 74 million U.S. dollars, for emergency aid to fund the relief efforts. People who are suffering financial difficulties will be provided with subsistence allowances from the government. Both rural and urban residents whose houses need reconstruction or repair will get financial aid.

    The Chinese Red Cross Foundation has also allocated 500,000 yuan, or 74,000 U.S. dollars, for aid and has called for donations from the public.

    According to the Ministry of Health, no major epidemics have been reported in the disaster-affected area so far. The ministry has sent 21 medical teams and 363 medical staff to Zhouqu to provide medical aid, Deng Haihua, spokesman of the ministry, said at a news conference on Tuesday.

    Fourteen psychological specialists have arrived in Zhouqu to provide post-traumatic counseling to survivors who lost their family members in the disaster.

    The death toll from the massive rain-triggered mudslide in Zhouqu County has risen to 702, with 1,042 others still missing, local civil affairs authorities said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

    Rescue work is still underway, with experts and some 2,500 soldiers searching for the survivors. A 3-D shadowgraph of the landslide was released on Tuesday to facilitate rescue work.

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