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China quake death toll increases by 2 to 69,172
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The death toll of China's massive earthquake increased by two overnight to hit 69,172 as of Tuesday noon, the State Council Information Office said.

A total of 374,159 people were injured and 17,420 others were still missing after the 8.0-magnitude quake rocked southwestern Sichuan Province and neighboring regions on May 12.

Hospitals had treated 95,784 injured people as of Tuesday noon, of whom 79,302 had been discharged and 13,851 were still being treated.

By Monday, more than 1.42 million quake survivors had been evacuated.

As of Tuesday noon, the government disaster relief fund had reached 53.93 billion yuan (about 7.7 billion U.S. dollars), including 49.26 billion yuan from the central budget and 4.68 billion yuan from the local budget.

About 19.26 billion yuan of the central budget funds was allocated for disaster relief and 30 billion yuan for reconstruction.

In addition, domestic and foreign donations had reached 45.77 billion yuan (about 6.54 billion U.S. dollars) in cash and goods, among which 15.1 billion yuan had been forwarded to the quake-hit areas.

As of Tuesday noon, 1.43 million tents, 4.82 million quilts, 14.1 million garments, 1.15 million tonnes of oil and 2.46 million tonnes of coal had been sent to the quake-hit areas.

The office said as of Monday, relief workers had built 171,600 makeshift houses and another 40,500 were being installed, while the materials for 95,600 had arrived in the affected areas.

(Xinhua News Agency June 17, 2008)

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