Chinese vice premier stresses efforts to improve earthquake response system

08:23, January 05, 2011      

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Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu (C) speaks at a meeting on earthquake safety and disaster reduction in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 4, 2011. (Xinhua/Zhang Duo)

Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu Tuesday urged greater efforts be made to improve the country's earthquake emergency response system and promote earthquake safety knowledge among the public.

Efforts should be made to improve emergency plans regarding quake responses and related regulations and laws, and boost the capacity building concerning quake rescue and relief in China, said Hui, while addressing a meeting on earthquake safety and disaster reduction here.

He urged government agencies and local authorities to plan the work of quake safety and disaster reduction for the coming five years in a scientific manner.

"The work of quake safety and disaster reduction concerns the safety of people's lives and property, as well as a country's economic development and social stability," Hui said.

He noted that China, with its quick and efficient rescue and relief efforts, had successfully stood the test of a 7.1-magnitude quake and a huge landslide that hit its northwest regions in 2010.

Further, Hui demanded reconstruction work in those disaster-hit zones to be carried on in a down-to-earth manner and urged arrangements be made to ensure people living in those areas have a warm and safe winter and New Year.

Source:Xinhua
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