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Water supply and disease prevention top priorities

08-12-2010 09:09 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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People's lives in Zhouqu have been greatly affected by the devastating landslide. Disease prevention and work to reconnect water supplies are among the top priorities.

Since the disaster hit, people in Zhouqu have been getting their water from a truck provided by the government. They have also been able to access water by digging wells.

Pipes and materials to repair and rebuild the county's water supply system have been shipped in and work will start immediately.

Cai Zhi, local officail, said, "In 15 days, the water supply system will be good enough to provide water to two thirds of the the residents."

Meanwhile the local government is digging 6 wells.

A permanent plan for a water resource project has been made. Water supplies will be provided to each household in the county within one or two years.

Disease prevention is another big task, especially in Sanyanyu Valley where most of the deaths happened.

People's lives in Zhouqu have been greatly affected by the devastating landslide. Disease prevention and work to reconnect water supplies are among the top priorities.
People's lives in Zhouqu have been greatly affected by 
the devastating landslide. Disease prevention and work 
to reconnect water supplies are among the top priorities.

Liang Wangian, Head of Emergency Health Office, said, "We have organized medical specialists to assess the risk of an epidemic spreading, and according to their suggestions, we have adopted prevention measures like an intensified immunity program and health education, providing people with medicine to prevent epidemic from spreading."

The Health Ministry has dispatched 200 medical experts to help with epidemic prevention.

The area is being sterilized and bodies are being properly handled. Efforts are also being taken to ensure safe drinking water and food safety.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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