Mon, March 21, 2011
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Wen sets priorities for rebuilding quake-hit county

2011-03-21 00:44:40 GMT2011-03-21 08:44:40(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Premier Wen Jiabo meets quake victims in Yingjiang county over two days. He foresees "a new and more beautiful Yingjiang" after it is rebuilt. [Photo/Xinhua]

KUNMING, Yunnan - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has called for comprehensive consideration to be given in rebuilding the quake-stricken Yingjiang county in Yunnan province.

"It is necessary to integrate reconstruction and a number of other purposes, including poverty eradication through development and renovation of dilapidated houses and construction of quake-proof housing in rural areas," Wen said during a two-day inspection tour of Yingjiang.

The visit ended on Saturday.

"A new and more beautiful Yingjiang will eventually take shape through our solid and hard work," Wen said.

Most of the inhabitants in the poverty-ridden county are members of the Dai, Jingpo, Lisu, De'ang and other ethnic groups.

Wen visited sites including two villages, a portion of the embankment of the Daying River and a primary school - all damaged by the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck March 10 - and a center where more than 540 tents have been installed to house well over 3,300 people.

He also chatted with villagers, primary schoolers and soldiers from the People's Liberation Army who have been there to help with the relief work.

After being briefed about quake relief work, Wen stressed additional priorities:

Efforts should be made to ensure everyone in the quake-hit areas has food to eat and a place to live.

Epidemic prevention in the quake zone should be carried out successfully.

Local health departments dispatched a team of 60 people to sterilize the quake-stricken area, especially the shelters, to avert epidemic outbreaks. Volunteers also were assisting last week.

Market supply should be guaranteed with stable commodity prices.

About 60 percent of stores selling food, drinks and vegetables, as well as clothes and other daily supplies, had reopened by Wednesday.

"Just a slight increase in the vegetable prices," said a local resident named Wen. "Most products keep the same price."

Local houses and infrastructure should be checked thoroughly so problems can be discovered and dealt with promptly.

Monitoring should be strengthened to prevent secondary geological disasters from hidden dangers.

"Normal order of production and living should be resumed as early as possible, especially the functioning of public services including hospitals, banks," Wen said.

"Scientific planning should be introduced in arranging the reconstruction after the quake, while it is also necessary to set standards for quake resistance in architecture. But the focus should go for helping urban and rural residents rebuild housing," Wen said.

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