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China to begin major quake reconstruction effort

by Staff Writers
Beijing (AFP) July 8, 2010
China announced Thursday it will launch a raft of reconstruction projects in a quake-hit Tibetan region this weekend, nearly three months after the disaster that killed more than 2,700 people.

Construction on 200 projects valued at 16 billion yuan (2.36 billion dollars) will begin from Saturday in the Yushu region of the northwestern province of Qinghai, Xinhua news agency said.

A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the predominantly Tibetan-inhabited region on April 14, flattening thousands of homes and leaving nearly 2,700 people dead and some 270 missing.

The new projects will include the rebuilding of residential homes, schools, hospitals and other public service facilities, the report said, citing reconstruction officials.

It was unclear if any of the new projects would focus on the rebuilding of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries, many of which were flattened or badly damaged by the earthquake.

Last month, the central government announced it would spend nearly 32 billion yuan on rebuilding efforts in the region.

The province has been hit this week by floods triggered by torrential rain that have killed 25 people and damaged more than 6,300 houses.




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Thousands demonstrate over Italy quake help
Rome (AFP) July 7, 2010
Several thousand people from L'Aquila, the medieval city devastated by an earthquake last year, took to the streets of Rome on Wednesday to demand tax exemptions for the stricken region. Two demonstrators suffered minor injuries during skirmishes with police. "They don't care about us. They spent all the money for so-called temporary houses that are becoming permanent and now they want u ... read more

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