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Survivors confident of post-quake life: survey
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Most survivors of the May 12 earthquake show confidence in their post-disaster life and satisfaction with the rescue and relief efforts by the Chinese government and organizations, a survey shows.

The sampling survey, conducted by Horizon Research Consultancy Group and other two organizations, found that 88.3 percent of 889 interviewees in quake-hit areas in Sichuan Province are "very confident or confident" about their futures.

Survivors also hoped to do more to help reconstruction, said the results, released here Thursday.

The interviewees included 669 adults and 220 children aged from 10 to 17 in six rural and urban areas.

The survey was conducted by Horizon Research, the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation and the China Social Entrepreneur Foundation from May 30 to June 3, in the form of face-to-face interviews.

The central government won a 3.86-point satisfaction score (four points means 'very satisfied') for its rescue and relief performance.

Volunteers, overseas rescue teams and other Chinese provinces were also highly praised for their effective work.

The survey recommended long-term psychological intervention services in the region and nationwide dissemination of disaster prevention knowledge.

As of noon Thursday, the death toll had reached 69,159, with 17,469 still missing, according to government figures.

(Xinhua News Agency June 13, 2008)

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