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Scale of disaster and relief efforts impressive: UK official
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16:26, July 09, 2008

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British people are sad to see the huge disaster that Chinese people are suffering in the May 12 earthquake. What Chinese government has done to cope with the difficult situation is highly appreciated. Mr. Adrian Davis, head of North and East Asia of UK Department for International Development, told that to People's Daily Online recently.

'The scale of the disaster is huge,' said Mr. Davis, who was in Sichuan from May 22 to 24, 'you could see the destruction. All the houses damages.' Millions of people have been made homeless and affected. 'It is very sad that people have to cope with that situation.'

The heavy coverage of the disaster by UK media right after it happened aroused 'sorrow and sympathy' among the British people, then 'admiration at the way the Chinese government was trying to deal with a really difficult situation.' There were also lots of reports about how China grappled with the possible flood of those quake lakes.

On May 22, Davis was in Chengdu to greet the British tents brought from Dubai by flight. The tents were immediately sent to the quake area. Then he went to Shifang city --- only 40 kilometers away from the epicenter Wenchuan county --- to see tents locally purchased with UK money erected there.

Mr. Davis was impressed by the scale of resources that China was able to mobilize and the speed that those resources were distributed to the needed. The commitment of Chinese top leaders on prompt, open and all-out actions is also impressive for him. And he noticed the 'resilience of villagers' he visited during his stay there in Shifang.

By People's Daily Online

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