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Disaster relief efforts continue in Zhouqu County

08-18-2010 19:10 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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The landslide disaster in Zhouqu County in northwest China's Gansu Province has claimed the lives of 1,287 people. 457 others are still missing. Rescue workers are racing to restore water, communications and power supplies.

The disaster zone hasn't had a reprieve in the weather.

Intense rain pounded Zhouqu county overnight. But luckily, the rain didn't last long, so the county escaped further mudslides.

Efforts to clear the barrier lake have finally paid off. The water level dropped by nearly 20 centimeters on Tuesday.

More roads connecting Zhouqu and nearby villages have been cleared allowing in more relief supplies. Passenger transport services have also resumed.

Local residents' demand for water is being met by emergency water supplies. Health authorities are monitoring the water quality to ensure safety. So far, no outbreaks of infectious diseases have been reported.

Businesses are also gradually returning to normal. About 70 stores have reopened in the disaster zone. The local government has promised to give 1000-yuan-subsidies to each private business.

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