Relief efforts continue in Sichuan's quake zones

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Rescue efforts are continuing in the Sichuan earthquake zone with the focus now shifting towards helping survivors get back on their feet.

Saturday's 7-magnitude earthquake has left 196 people dead.

Water supply for Baoxing County is expected to resume later today after a new temporary water pipeline was built to direct water several kilometers away into Baoxing.

This will certainly be a relief to some quake survivors.

"For several days, we did not have water for washing. Now that the pipeline has been connected up and we can have water."

Meanwhile, army personnel have also provided three water purification vehicles for earthquake victims.

Li Zhiqiang is the with Logistic Engineering University of People's Liberation Army.

"People can drink the water, which has been purified by this facility and disinfected by ultraviolet rays."

The purification vehicle gets water from rivers and lakes, and each vehicle is able to make seven tons of clean water per hour.

Epidemic prevention work is also underway in the earthquake affected area of Lushan County.

There have been some 54-thousand displaced people flooding into the county since the earthquake.

With the huge influx of people, and increasingly high temperatures, Lushan County becomes more prone to epidemic outbreaks.

Work forces have been dispatched to the county to disinfect streets, as well as conduct water quarantine inspection.

Epidemic prevention vehicles have also been dispatched to the county to carry out cleaning work from house to house, and hand out water-purifying tablets to residents.

With the national college entrance exams due in just over a month time, over a thousand teachers and students from the Sichuan quake zone have been moved to the provincial capital of Chengdu, where they will resume their classes later on today.

The students will continue preparing for the upcoming tests, which are scheduled for June 7th and 8th.

Meanwhile, more than a hundred students in Lushan County, one of the hardest hit by the quake, have resumed classes in makeshift classrooms.

Their first lessons included psychological counseling to help them cope with the recent disaster.

Seniors at the high-school in Baoxing County have also returned to classes, with structural engineers giving them the green light to return.

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