City facilities destroyed in Lhasa riot to be restored by May 1

2008-03-20 14:40:29 Xinhua English

LHASA, March 20 (Xinhua) -- The urban construction department is repairing the public facilities destroyed in the riot last Friday and the restoration will be completed by May 1, the Lhasa Construction Bureau said.

Liu Yang, the bureau's urban construction official, said workers will first repair road surface, street lamps, billboards and traffic lights damaged by rioters.

The incident in Tibet's capital caused damage to city facilities on more than 20 streets with a direct economic loss of five million yuan (700,000 U.S. dollars), he said.

The official said the restoration would be completed by May 1.

The riot erupted in the plateau city on Friday afternoon. Rioters killed 13 civilians, injured 325 others, damaged 422 shops, six hospitals, seven schools and 120 residences. In all, 84 vehicles were torched. The damage was estimated at more than 200 million yuan.

The Lhasa relief station has received a total of 226 needy victims in the incident. A total of 130 of them have left the station voluntarily after getting living aid.

The Tibet regional government said a total of 170 people had turned themselves in by 10 p.m. on Wednesday for their involvement in the riot.