What are these disaster resettlements areas like? Are they as chaotic, poor, indifferent and dirty as the refugee camps we see on TV?
In due course, as the first transitional temporary houses are formally occupied, such concerns are relieved. New settlements in disaster areas are neither dirty nor disorderly. Fully equipped with essential facilities and regulated under property management, they have become completely new mid-sized communities.
From May 25 to May 29, the reporter of China Economic Weekly visited several large-scale transitional resettlement communities in Dujiangyan and Mianzhu, where he saw relief forces from all over the country hard at work building new home units for people from disaster areas.
In the first of these communities, the reporter experienced what they have to offer in terms of stability, convenience, practicality and humane care. The camp is fully equipped with essential facilities, as well as some specifics for disaster areas such as special agencies for psychological counseling, labor and employment, etc.