Order restored to markets in mudslide-hit Zhouqu

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Dozens of survivors are sitting on makeshift seats watching TV programs after 1,000 TV sets were recently installed in three settlements in Zhouqu, Gansu province, hit by deadly landslides on Aug 8.

Order restored to markets in mudslide-hit Zhouqu

A girl in mudslide-stricken Zhouqu county, Gansu province, receives food distributed by disaster relief workers on Sunday. [China News Service] 

In addition, order has been restored to the market in Zhouqu and more than 10 shops have opened to the residents and rescuers.

Survivors now have access to 48 channels that regularly broadcast information about what is going on in the county.

"Another 5,000 TV sets and 10,000 radios are on the way to the county seat," said Yangsang Jicheng, director of the Zhouqu bureau of radio, film and television.

These TV sets and radio receivers were donated by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, as well as the Publicity Department of the CPC.

The bureau started to restore radio signals on Aug 8, and on Aug 9, the radio and television signals was back in use and people in the county seat could watch two channels to learn about the rescue work.

The bureau suffered a loss of at least 18 million yuan ($2,647,800) caused by the landslide. One employee and five family members of another employee were killed in the disaster.

But staff members held back their grief and started to resume operations of Zhouqu's radio and television network.

Survivors in Zhouqu now can buy daily necessities within the mudslide-hit county seat as dozens of stores are open to consumers. A makeshift market was set up by the Zhouqu industry and commerce bureau last Saturday.

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