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China to complete rebuilding homes destroyed by mudslide in NW China town by next June

08-12-2010 16:56 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

ZHOUQU, Gansu, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have pledged to complete the reconstruction of all homes destroyed by a devastating mudslide in a remote northwest China town on Sunday by June next year.

"Local authorities will endeavor to complete repairs for all damaged homes by the end of November, and complete rebuilding of all the destroyed homes before winter -- or at the latest, by June next year," a spokesman with the Gannan prefecture government said Thursday.

Citing a circular issued by the provincial government Monday, the spokesman said each mudslide-hit family in rural areas is eligible for a 20,000 yuan (2,941 U.S. dollars) subsidy to rebuild their home if it has been destroyed or 4,000 yuan if their home has been damaged.

Each urban family whose home was destroyed can receive 25,000 yuan, he added.

Some 1,117 were killed in the natural disaster while 627 are still unaccounted for.

Zhouqu County sits in the steep valley of the Bailong River, a tributary of the Jialing River, which meets the Yangtze in Chongqing, and is hemmed in by rocky mountains on both sides.

Torrential rain on Saturday night prompted an avalanche of sludge and debris to crash down on the county seat of Zhouqu, in the Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province, early Sunday morning, ripping many houses off their foundations and tearing multi-story apartment buildings in half.

About 45,000 residents have been evacuated after the mudslides destroyed more than 300 homes and damaged another 700. Moreover, some 3,000 homes have been flooded.

Drinking water shortages in the country eased Thursday after rescuers and authorities discovered wells.

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