59,093 tents distributed in quake-hit Yushu

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A total of 59,093 tents and 207,959 quilts had been distributed to survivors in the quake zone of northwest China's Qinghai Province by Sunday, the vice governor of Qinghai said Monday.

More than 110,000 padded coats, 1,670 tonnes of food and drinking water, 13,000 stoves and 1,520 tonnes of coal had been allocated since the quake that jolted Yushu prefecture April 14, said Zhang Guangrong.

The goods and materials met most of the needs of the survivors, Zhang told a press conference presided over by State Council Information Office in Beijing.

About 12,600 people in 34 teams nationwide took part in the rescue efforts and 1,455 people were rescued from the debris, Zhang said.

A total of 52 medical teams, involving 3,032 people, were dispatched to the quake zone and treated 9,145 patients. Of the injured, 2,674 had been transferred to capital cities of neighboring provinces, he said.

By Sunday, the death toll from the 7.1-magnitude earthquake had climbed to 2,220 with 70 people still missing. More than 12,000 were injured, and tens of thousands of residential buildings had collapsed.

All adobe houses in Gyegu Town of Yushu, the epicenter, were flattened, 80 percent of brick-concrete structures were toppled, said Zhang.

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