Rebuilding of disaster-hit areas resumes

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The reconstruction of tens of thousands of homes will shift back into high gear next month at the scene of two recent disasters - last year's Yushu earthquake and the tragic mudslide in Zhouqu county, according to local officials.

The resumption will be possible because freezing temperatures are set to rise, said officials.

In the Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Yushu in Northwest China's Qinghai province, the reconstruction efforts this year will center on completing homes in the rural area and finishing 80 percent of those needed in urban areas, Yushu Governor Wang Yuhu told China Daily.

He added that the prefecture had already begun building 11,655 homes, which is about 65 percent of the total number called for. The work began last year.

A 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Yushu in April, leaving at least 2,200 people dead.

"We are committed to ensuring the proper use of the public funding that was set aside for the construction and to guaranteeing the quality of the homes," Wang said.

Meanwhile, in Zhouqu county, Gansu province, more than 26,000 survivors will move into new apartments by the end of 2011, said Chen Jianhua, Party chief of the Tibetan autonomous prefecture of Gannan, which administrates Zhouqu county.

Rain triggered mudslides there in August, devastating the county seat of Zhouqu and killing at least 1,765 people.

Local officials have said Yushu will designate 20 billion yuan ($3.04 billion) this year for the rebuilding of homes that were destroyed or damaged in the earthquake. The 20 billion yuan is 65 percent of the total reconstruction investment that will be needed.

And 5 billion yuan has been allocated for the 164 reconstruction projects planned for Zhouqu during the same period.

All of the projects in the disaster-affected regions are scheduled to be finished by the end of 2012.

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