BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- The central government earmarked an additional 1.6 billion yuan (259.64 million U.S. dollars) late on Wednesday for quake relief efforts in Yunnan Province, according to a statement from the National Committee for Disaster Reduction.
A total of 600 million yuan had already been allocated to the quake zone.
The committee has pledged to speed up efforts to transport and distribute relief materials since the road leading to the quake zone has been cleared. The state materials reserve will provide further support if necessary, the committee said.
As of Wednesday, the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Ludian County in Yunnan Province had caused 589 deaths and injured more than 2,800 people.
[Photo] Disaster relief work continues after earthquake hits Yunnan
[Photo] People transfer injured person in earthquake from special train in SW China
Quake toll nears 600 as "golden hours" end
LUDIAN, Yunnan, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers are continuing to comb through quake rubble in southwest China, after the expiry of the 72 hour "golden period" when finding survivors becomes much less likely.
Another 179 people were confirmed dead Wednesday, taking the death toll near to 600. Rescue is underway at a new site in Longtoushan, where dozens of residents and 20 vehicles were believed buried by landslide.Full story
Quake area donations top 237 mln yuan: Ministry
BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Yunnan Province had received more than 237.5 million yuan (38.5 million U.S. dollars) of donations as of Wednesday afternoon the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said Wednesday.
Of the donations, 144.6 million yuan is in funds along with 92.9 million yuan in materials, said the Ministry. Full story
Xinhua Insight: China shows strength, solidarity after Yunnan quake
BEIJING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Three days after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled Ludian County in southwestern China's Yunnan Province, relief materials are pouring into the quake area and rescuers are searching for the living as the "golden 72 hours" for survival tick away.
At least 589 people were killed in the strongest quake in the region in 14 years, while 2,833 more were injured, according to the latest figures. Full story