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Sichuan Party Secretary: Relocation top priority

08-18-2010 13:55 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Local authorities in southwest China's Sichuan province say nearly six million residents have been affected by rain-triggered flood, landslides and mudslides since last Thursday.

The worst hit areas are Qingping village in Mianzhu City, Yingxiu township in Wenchuan County, and Longchi township in Dujiangyan City. Sichuan provincial Party Secretary, Liu Qibao, says the priority for the local authorities is the relocation of residents from the disaster zone.

They also need to increase their efforts to clear the debris blocking rivers to prevent barrier lakes from being created. The third is to repair national roads blocked by landslides, to ensure aid can be delivered quickly.

Liu Qibao, Secretary, CPC Sichuan Provincial Committee, said, "Nearly 6 million cubic meters of mud and debris have been washed down to Qingping village, which was the worst hit area in the 2008 earthquake, inundating three square kilometers of land. The loss and damage caused by the disaster this time is even worse than the earthquake."

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