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Chinese troops donate relief supplies to quake survivors in Xinjiang
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09:51, April 22, 2009

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Chinese troops stationed in northwestern Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region donated relief supplies Tuesday to local residents whose homes were damaged in a 5.5-magnitude earthquake over the weekend.

The supplies, including five tonnes of flour, 100 boxes of instant noodles, 100 suits of army overcoats and rubber overshoes, and 1,000 other garments were sent to Biedieli Village, one of the worst-hit villages in Akqi County in Kirgiz Autonomous Prefecture of Kizilsu.

These were the first relief supplies the village received. Earlier, the prefectural government allocated 1 million yuan (147,059 U.S. dollars) in relief funds.

Villagers wait for receiving relief materials at their temporary settlement in Akqi County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, April 21, 2009. An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale rocked the county April 19 and destroyed houses, but no casualties have been reported. The first batch of relief materials were sent to quake-hit areas on April 21. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge)

The quake, which struck the county at noon Sunday, affected 15,000 residents and damaged thousands of houses, but no casualties have been reported.

"I cannot live in my house any longer, it's dangerous now," said Mada Jumahong, a resident of Biedieli Village, Tuesday. His family is living in a tent.

"I plan to build a new house with government allowances," he said.


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