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A year after quake, Tibetan town faces massive rebuilding

English.news.cn   2011-04-14 19:17:39 FeedbackPrintRSS

YUSHU, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Cranes and bulldozers are roaring. Construction workers donned in helmets and uniforms are seen every few paces.

Exactly a year after a deadly earthquake shook the predominantly Tibetan Yushu Prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province, a massive rebuilding project has turned the plateau town from a wasteland of rubble into a huge construction site.

Post-quake rebuilding began in Yushu on June 20 last year and hundreds of new homes and public facilities have been built.

But construction is impossible in the plateau area -- at an average altitude of 4,000 meters -- for at least seven months of the year as during the colder months even the least exertion sends one breathlessly reaching for the oxygen bottle.

A huge number of rebuilding projects were started Thursday, the first anniversary of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 2,700 people and left another 270 missing in Yushu.

The Qinghai provincial government said an additional 20 billion yuan (3.06 billion U.S. dollars) had been poured into the rebuilding this year, following last year's 5 billion yuan.

The planned three-year rebuilding project will cost an estimated 31.65 billion yuan, said Shen Chuanli, deputy chief of the Qinghai provincial development and reform commission and leader of the post-quake construction headquarters.

"Now that 80 percent of the fund is in place, we'll step up building of homes, schools, hospitals, monasteries and other public facilities in all the quake-ravaged counties," said Shen.

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Editor: Deng Shasha
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