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Quake death toll rises to 69,170
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The death toll of China's massive May 12 earthquake increased by seven overnight to 69,170 as of Saturday noon, the State Council Information Office said.

It said 374,159 people were injured and 17,428 others were still missing after the 8.0-magnitude quake hit Sichuan Province and neighboring regions.

Hospitals had treated 95,654 injured people as of Saturday noon, of whom 78,433 had been discharged and 14,617 were still being treated.

By Friday, more than 1.41 million quake survivors had been found and evacuated.

As of Saturday noon, the government disaster relief fund had reached 53.76 billion yuan (about 7.68 billion U.S. dollars), including 49.15 billion yuan from the central budget and 4.61 billion yuan from the local budget.

Relief supplies continued to pour into the quake zone. As of Saturday noon, about 1.24 million tents, 4.787 million quilts, 14 million garments, 1,009,400 tonnes of fuel oil and 2.16 million tonnes of coal had been sent.

The office said as of Friday, relief workers had built 126,100 temporary houses and another 31,600 were being installed, while the materials for 90,000 makeshift houses had arrived in the affected areas.

In addition, domestic and foreign donations had reached 45.58 billion yuan in cash and goods, of which 14.06 billion yuan had been forwarded to the quake-hit areas.

In the 24 hours ended Saturday noon, 158 aftershocks were monitored in the quake zone, none above 4.0 magnitude, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

A total of 12,097 aftershocks have been detected since May 12.

By Saturday noon, 4,615 state-owned enterprises and large-scale enterprises with annual revenue above 5 million yuan had resumed operation.

Production at another 1,029 of the same scale was still suspended, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said.

In addition, 53,288 km of roads had been destroyed, of which 51,969 km had been restored.

As of Saturday noon, power supplies were restored in 113 out of the 125 towns in the counties of Beichuan, Pingwu, Qingchuan, Songpan, Wenchuan and the Wolong nature reserve, according to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

(Xinhua News Agency June 15, 2008)

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