Quake zone still recovering - Yunnan and Sichuan

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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Sure, the recent quake didn't create as many ripples or headlines as the big one which struck Sichuan in May, but last month's shake has created more problems for the people affected:

Race against winter in quake zone
By Wu Jiao (China Daily)
Updated: 2008-09-04 06:44
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The country is racing against time to rebuild homes and set up temporary shelters for many of the 1.2 million people displaced by the Panzhihua earthquake.

A senior civil affairs official Wednesday said reconstruction could begin only in the middle of this month, giving little time before winter sets in.

Pang Chenmin, deputy director of the Ministry of Civil Affairs' disaster relief department, said: "We face a tight schedule to beat the winter cold."

The 6.1-magnitude quake rocked the mountainous Sichuan-Yunnan border region on August 30, killing 38 people and injuring 982. The epicenter of the quake was near Panzhihua city, about 550 km south of the May 12 Wenchuan quake's epicenter.

The area is mountainous, making transport a time-consuming affair. Hence, reaching construction material there poses a challenge, too.

But the quake-hit Sichuan-Yunnan border area is not short of food or clothes, Pang told a press conference, organized by the State Council Information Office. Instead, providing proper shelter before winter.

From China Daily
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