FACTBOX-China's all-out relief efforts in quake-hit Qinghai Province

10:24, April 17, 2010      

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Chinese leaders has urged to go all out in the ongoing relief work in the quake-hit areas in China's northwestern province of Qinghai.

More relief supplies and donations from all parts of China kept flooding into the quake zone and more rescuers have reached the areas for relief work.

Here are some facts concerning the latest progress in China's all-out relief efforts in the quake-hit region.

SENIOR CHINESE LEADERSIP

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has concluded a two-day visit to Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai on Friday. He told quake-affected people in Yushu of northwest China's Qinghai Province to "help and care for each other, fight shoulder to shoulder and unite as one to overcome difficulties."

"We can overcome the disaster and improve national unity in fighting the calamity," he said.

China's anti-corruption chief He Guoqiang, during his inspection tour in Sichuan, the province hit hardest by an 8-magnitude earthquake in 2008, urged authorities in the province to go all-out to help the relief work in its neighboring quake-hit Qinghai.

Zhou Yongkang, a senior CPC leader, stressed that saving people was the greatest priority and told the police at the relief work to go all out to search for and rescue the buried survivors during a teleconference.

RESCUE WORK

China's armed forces' efforts in quake zone continue.

A team of 19 vehicles sent by the Lanzhou military command have set off from Lanzhou, provincial capital of neighboring Gansu Province, on Thursday afternoon.

In addition, 17 experts dealing with high-altitude sickness rushed to the quake zone on Friday morning from Chongqing to instruct rescuers on preventing highland sickness.

The armed police headquarters said that 38 psychologists are working in the quake zone to help survivors and rescuers along with other 140 medical workers from the armed police medical institutions.

Some 3,450 light-packed troops from the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) entered the quake-hit zone and repaired a road to connect the affected area to the outside.

The Ministry of Health has asked local health authorities to make detailed plans for transferring patients from quake-hit areas to hospitals in other areas to ensure timely and effective treatment.

By 8 a.m. Friday, some 583 patients had been transferred to hospitals outside Yushu by air, with 37 sent to Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 106 to Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, and 317 to Xining, Qinghai's capital city.

Hospitals in Xining also received 110 patients who came by car or bus and another 204 who got there by themselves.

About 100 patients are waiting at Batang Airport in Yushu to board flights.

A total of 669 medical workers from across the country had arrived in Yushu by 8 a.m. Friday and immediately began to treat patients and guide local doctors.

DONATIONS AND RELIEF SUPPLIES

The 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, has donated 100,000 yuan (about 14,700 U.S. dollars) to quake relief efforts.

The Buddhist Association of China held religious service here Friday to pray for victims in Qinghai and raised 2.33 million yuan (341,286 U.S. dollars) for disaster relief.

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) has received 13.64 million yuan in donations and another 19.06 million yuan of promised funds as of Friday evening

The Beijing's municipal government the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau have donated ten million yuan (about 1.47 million U.S. dollars) to Yushu, while the provincial governments of Liaoning and Fujian each gave five million.

An additional 3.5 million yuan was donated by Jiangxi, Jiangsu, Gansu and Hebei Provinces.

Beijing has allocated 10,000 tents, 20,000 folded beds, and 100,000 cotton quilts for the quake-hit region, with Jiangxi Province adding in another 10,000 quilts.

the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China raised three million yuan for quake relief, while its affiliated China Youth Development Foundation sent an emergency team with medicine, food, and other relief supplies worth one million yuan to the quake-hit zones.

More than 10,000 tents had arrived at the quake zones to provide shelter for those affected, and another 28,000 were en route to the quake zones

A total of 28,000 milliliters of blood has been transferred to the quake-hit area in Qinghai from the provincial blood center.

Some 10 Russian-made Il-76 carrier aircraft - the largest airlifter the PLA has - had transported nearly 100 tonnes of relief goods and hundreds of rescuers to the epicenter within 32 hours of the devastating quake.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:黄硕)

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