Quake-hit regions receive more relief supplies

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- More relief supplies were airlifted to areas hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, Xinhua learned from the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) on Monday.

A total of 5,000 raincoats, 10,000 flashlights and 30,000 batteries, prepared by the Economic Commission of Shanghai, were flown to the Shuangliu Airport in Chengdu on the early morning of Monday.

The MOC launched an emergency response to ensure the supply of daily necessities soon after the earthquake.

The ministry requires local authorities to keep up with the market supply situation in quake-hit regions of Ya'an City, according to a statement.

Local authorities should monitor the supplies and prices of necessities and make a daily report to the MOC, the statement said.

Provinces near Sichuan should mobilize major enterprises to provide necessary assistance in ensuring market supplies and disaster relief, the MOC said.

The ministry also pledged to help business operations in quake-hit areas and in a timely manner release information concerning the supplies of daily necessities and disaster-relief materials.

A 7.0-magnitude quake jolted Lushan County of Ya'an at 8:02 a.m. Saturday Beijing time, killing 186 people so far, with 21 reported missing and 11,393 others injured, according to latest statistics gathered by the provincial emergency response command center.


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