Foreign countries offer quake relief funds to China   2010-04-20 20:08:10 FeedbackPrintRSS

Special report: Qinghai Earthquake

Military officials and soldiers of Gansu Armed Police Contingent help quake victims to clear ruins in Yushu County, northwest China's Qinghai Province, April 20, 2010. More than 8,000 Chinese PLA members and armed police military officials and soldiers help quake victims to clear ruins and rebuild their homes these days. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Japan, the Republic of Korea, France, the United States and Norway have offered funds and donations totaling 3.2 million U.S. dollars to aid quake relief work in northwest China, China's Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.

"We welcome and sincerely appreciate the international community's concern and support," ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a regular press conference.

By Tuesday, more than 150 countries and international and regional organizations had extended sympathy to the Chinese government and people after a 7.1-magnitude quake struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province early Wednesday, killing at least 2,046 people.

Some countries and organizations expressed their willingness to offer donations to the quake-hit area, Jiang said.

The Chinese government and people nationwide were sparing no effort in rescue and relief work, and overseas Chinese, including Tibetan compatriots, had also expressed concern, Jiang said.

A sufficient number of rescuers were working in the area, relief materials were continuously en route to the quake zone, and survivors were receiving appropriate treatment, she said.

Most of the Yushu population are ethnic Tibetans and the Dalai Lama had expressed his wish to visit the quake-hit area to comfort victims.

In response to a question concerning the Dalai Lama at the press conference, Jiang said the government fully respected local religious beliefs and customs, and was offering counseling.

Prayer ceremonies for the quake-affected people were being held, she said.

The 11th Panchen Lama hosted a prayer ritual for the victims on Tuesday. Prayers were chanted in the Xihuang Temple in downtown Beijing to guide the souls of those who died in the earthquake to heaven.


China's quake zone battles snow, rain as rescue continues

YUSHU, Qinghai, April 20 (Xinhua) -- Snow continued to fall on the earthquake zone in China's rugged northwestern plateau Tuesday, snarling traffic and slowing delivery of badly needed relief goods.

Since late Monday, roads leading to the quake-stricken Yushu county in Qinghai Province have all experienced snow or rain, adding to the difficult delivery of relief goods, said a local weather forecast official. Full story

China to mourn quake victims

BEIJING, April 20 (Xinhua) -- To mourn the victims of a strong earthquake in northwest China's Qinghai Province, national flags will fly at half-mast in the country and its embassies and consulates overseas on Wednesday, according to the State Council Tuesday.

To express the deep condolences for the quake victims, public entertainment will also be suspended on Wednesday, the State Council, China's cabinet, said in an announcement. Full story

Int'l community continues to convey condolences to China over Qinghai earthquake

BEIJING, April 19 (Xinhua) -- In the past two days, more foreign leaders and heads of international and regional organizations have sent their condolences to Chinese leaders over a powerful earthquake that hit northwest China's Qinghai Province on Wednesday.

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu on Wednesday, leaving at least 1,944 people dead and 12,135 others injured. Full story

Editor: Han Jingjing
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