2008-05-20 13:30:24 GMT 2008-05-20 21:30:24 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The Education Ministry said that 800,000 counseling books were being sent to quake-affected children starting on Tuesday.
As of Tuesday noon, the first 50,000 books had been sent to students in hard-hit Mianyang city in southwest Sichuan province, where classes have resumed in tents.
The ministry said other books were being printed and sent to students in other areas of Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. The books were specially written by a dozen experts in child psychology after the quake on May 12.
Meanwhile, the ministry has organized universities to launch counseling hotlines and websites for quake victims. As of Tuesday, nine universities including the Beijing Normal University and Sichuan Normal University have opened such hotlines and websites, the ministry said.
Psychologists were also being sent to the quake areas to help counsel the children, according to Civil Affairs Ministry.
The death toll from last week's devastating earthquake in Sichuan was 40,075 nationwide as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Another 247,645 people were injured and some 5 million left homeless in the 8.0-magnitude quake.
The quake affected 434 counties in 10 provinces and municipalities.