Special Report: Qinghai Earthquake
|Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, addresses a meeting attended by heads of ethnic and religious departments in Beijing, capital of China, April 19, 2010. Jia on Monday called for concerted efforts in the relief work in quake-hit Yushu County of northwest China's Qinghai Province. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) -- China's top political advisor Jia Qinglin has called for unity in northwest China's quake zone, where people have been fighting against chilly weather and altitude sickness to carry out relief operations.
"We must intensify quake relief work and at the same time stress unity and stability," said Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, at a meeting on Monday.
Jia called on ethnic and religious departments to go deep into the disaster-hit areas to assess conditions and cooperate with other groups in helping monks protect themselves from aftershocks while holding rituals for the dead.
Jia said Chinese embassies abroad should warmly receive all overseas Tibetans who requested to donate to the quake-hit areas or come back to China for funeral affairs, and offer them necessary assistance.
The 7.1-magnitude quake has claimed 1,944 lives, injured 12,135 and left 216 people missing in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, in the northwestern Qinghai Province.