China Red Cross provides 2.3 billion yuan in relief to Yushu

16:11, July 22, 2010      

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The Red Cross Society of China is to provide no less than 2.3 billion yuan of disaster funds to the earthquake-stricken area in Yushu, Qinghai Province, facilitating post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction of Yushu, according to an agreement made with the Qinghai provincial government on July 21.

The reconstruction funds provided by the Red Cross are from the relief contributions raised by the China Red Cross Foundation, local Red Cross foundations on the Chinese mainland and Red Cross organizations in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as well as other countries.

About 1.8 billion yuan out of the total funds will be used to reconstruct public service facilities such as schools and medical institutions in Yushu. About 300 million yuan will be used for the housing construction for farmers and herdsmen and the remaining funds will be used to construct roads in farming and pastoral areas, potable water facilities for people and livestock as well as disaster prevention and mitigation facilities.

Currently, the Red Cross and the Qinghai provincial government have agreed on several reconstruction projects including 29 schools, 33 medical institutions and two disaster preparedness and mitigation centers.

The Red Cross will periodically supervise and inspect the implementation of the reconstruction projects and release the service conditions of the funds to the public in a timely fashion. The Qinghai provincial government said it will fully respect the donors' wishes strictly in accordance with the general plan of post-disaster reconstruction and related laws and regulations. It will also strictly manage the funds to make every cent count and ensure project quality.

By People's Daily Online


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