Sichuan completes post-quake housing reconstruction

14:39, September 26, 2010      

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All post-earthquake housing reconstruction projects that Shandong Province offered to help China's Beichuan were completed and handed over to Beichuan County on Sept. 25, which signifies that China's post-earthquake rural housing reconstruction projects in Sichuan are all finished.

Not long before this, 108 reconstruction projects in Sichuan's Shifang using aid from Beijing and another 108 projects in Pingwu, with aid from Hebei Province, were also accomplished and handed over to them for use.

As all the post-earthquake reconstruction projects are now completed, China's urban and rural housing reconstruction work also came to a close.

A post-earthquake rural housing reconstruction project was launched in China's Sichuan Province in June 2008. At the end of 2008, the rural house repair and reinforcement work was finished. At the end of 2009, the rural houses needing reconstruction were also finished. This May, 196,100 new houses that needed to be rebuilt for aftershocks and secondary geological disasters were also completed.

As of Sept. 3, 2010, 258,600 houses have already started building, accounting for 99.8 percent of all the houses needing reconstructions. And in which, 234,600 houses have finished, 90.55 percent of all the houses needing reconstruction.

Following the principles of "safe, comfortable, unique, prosperous, civilized and harmonious," the post-earthquake rebuilding work sticks to select sites scientifically and plans in advance.

And according to the guidance of "three avoids" named "to avoid the earthquake fault zone, to avoid the sites having risks of geological disasters and to avoid the flood channels," Sichuan Province also did good job in disaster assessment and analysis of resources and environment carrying capacity to assure the new sites are scientific, safe and reliable.

As to the project quality, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development has sent three delegations of experts to carry out quality and safety supervisions and check the progress of the key post-earthquake projects. They all believed that the quality was good and had withstood a severe test in many aftershocks and recent flood-triggered mudslide, said Sichuan Office of Housing and Urban-Rural Development.

By Zhao Chenyan, People's Daily Online


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