"Prefab school" put into use for orphans in China quake zone

20:31, May 18, 2010      

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A "prefabricated school," the largest by far in quake-hit Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province, was put into use for orphaned students Tuesday, a reconstruction official said.

The 2,600 square meter prefab structure was for Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture Orphans School in Yushu's Gyegu Town, said Li Baoguo, an official of the Second Artillery Quake-relief Headquarters.

The structure has 112 rooms, including classrooms, administrative offices, dormitories, a library, a dining hall and a clinic, and can accommodate up to 400 students, said Li.

"Considering the cold and windy weather here, we used thick boards, and reinforced the roof with steel ropes and anchor blocks," he added.

Presently the school has more than 200 orphans at primary and junior high school level, who survived the devastating quake on April 14.

As all the school buildings were destroyed in the quake, classes had first restarted in tents 80 hours after the quake, making it the first quake-hit school to resume its lessons. Most schools in Yushu had resumed classes by the end of April.

Source: Xinhua


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