Quake-hit Gansu Province receives 1.2 bln yuan worth of relief materials

2008-07-18 15:13:58 GMT       2008-07-18 23:13:58 (Beijing Time)       Xinhua English

LANZHOU, July 18 (Xinhua) -- Gansu Province in northwest China has received 1.2 billion yuan (about 171 million US dollars) worth of relief materials after the May 12 earthquake which claimed nearly 70,000 lives, said an official with the provincial government on Friday.

Zhang Heping, vice director of the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau, said that the materials range from tents, quilts, overcoats, grains, and medicines.

These materials were dispatched from the Ministry of Civil Affairs, donated by overseas communities, and other provinces and municipalities, said Zhang.

His bureau already sent these materials to the quake areas, especially to the worst-hit Longnan and Gannan areas.

More than 70 percent of the tents, grains, and instant noodles were transported to the Longan area.

Gansu, where at least 364 people were dead in the earthquake, is still in need of tents and overcoats, said Zhang.

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