Special Report: Reconstruction After Earthquake
BEIJING, April 29 (Xinhua) -- People in Taiwan have
donated more than 672.21 million yuan (98.5 million U.S. dollars) to aid the
reconstruction of the magnitude-8.0 earthquake-hit zones by the end of 2008,
said a Chinese official here Wednesday.
Li Weiyi, spokesman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of
the State Council, said at a press conference that the donations, which were
made by the people in Taiwan via the Office and the mainland-based Association
for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits, had all been forwarded to places hit
hardest by the quake, which included Chongqing Municipality and provinces of
Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu.
About 77 percent of the donations, or more than
517.66 million yuan, would be used to help with the reconstruction of 92
projects in Sichuan ,where the epicenter was, he said.
Quake-hit regions have taken measures to ensure
rational use of the donations in reconstruction projects, he added.
The donations have fully displayed the spirit of when
disaster struck, help came from all sides of people across the Taiwan Straits,
A magnitude-8.0 earthquake hit Wenchuan County in
southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12. The quake, the most destructive natural
disaster in China for decades, left more than 87,000 people dead or missing and