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China quake casualties, missings stand still(07/14/08)


    BEIJING, July 14 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province stood at 69,197 for a week in a row, as of Monday noon, the State Council Information Office said in a statement.

    The number of injured also stood at 374,176, showing no change since July 2. No one on the missing list has been found in the 24 hours ended by Monday noon, putting the number of missing still at 18,289.

    As of Monday noon, more than 1.48 million quake-affected people have been relocated.

    Of the 96,446 injured people who had been hospitalized, 89,457 have recovered and left hospital by Monday while 4,339 people remained in hospital, the statement said.

    The government disaster relief fund had topped 59.06 billion yuan (about 8.44 billion U.S. dollars), including 53.70 billion yuan from the central budget and 5.36 billion yuan from the local budget.

    According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, domestic and foreign donations had reached close to 57.32 billion yuan in cash and goods by Monday noon, of which 20.9 billion yuan had been forwarded to the quake-hit areas.

    About 1.58 million tents, 4.87 million quilts, 14.1 million garments, 1.99 million tons of fuel oil and 4.25 million tons of coal had been sent to the quake-hit area, it said.

    As of Sunday, relief workers had built 497,000 temporary houses and another 24,100 were being installed, while the materials for 34,500 of such shelters had arrived in the affected areas.

    In the 24 hours ending at Monday noon, 187 aftershocks were monitored in the quake zone, all below magnitude 3.9, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

    A total of 17,628 aftershocks had been detected since May 12.

    Of the 48,276 km of ruptured water supply pipelines, 44,675 km had been restored as of Monday noon, according to the statement, while 27,891 out of 35,847 km of ruptured telecommunication optical cable had also been restored in the mean time.

    A total of 250,404 tons of grain and 8,785 tons of edible oil have been allocated to the quake zones from central reserves by the end of Sunday.



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