Aid, supplies pour into mudslide-flattened NW China county

20:39, August 09, 2010      

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Rescuers clear up debris by hand to search for missing people in landslides-hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 9, 2010. (Xinhua/Gao Jianjun)
Relief supplies and donations have flooded into Zhouqu County in northwest China's Gansu Province where hundreds were buried by mudslides early Sunday.

China's Red Cross Society said Monday it will give another 1 million yuan to Zhouqu to purchase emergency supplies like food and drinking water.

It has also allocated relief supplies worth 400,000 yuan for the region.

So far, the Red Cross Society and its branches have donated 3.5 million yuan in funds and goods to Zhouqu.

Rain-triggered mudslides swept through Zhouqu early Sunday, leaving at least 137 people dead and 1,348 others missing as of 4:07 p.m. Monday, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

Rescuers are still searching for survivors.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent 5,000 sleeping bags to the county, which is 650 km from the provincial capital, Lanzhou.

By 10:50 a.m. Monday, the ministry had sent four batches of relief supplies, including 5,200 tents, 20,000 cotton coats and 8,000 folding beds, to Zhouqu.

The Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd. based in northeast China's Liaoning Province donated 10 million yuan to Zhouqu Monday through the China Charity Federation.

The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Youth League has pooled funds of 5 million yuan.

The Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has asked CPC members to play an exemplary role in the relief and reconstruction effort.

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