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Senior CPC official visits storm-hit county

(Xinhua)

08:13, May 21, 2012

He Guoqiang (C), a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and secretary of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, extends his regards to citizens in the storm-hit Goumen Village of Chabu Township, Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province, May 19, 2012. He Guoqiang went to Minxian County which was battered by hail and torrential rains and inspected the disaster relief and post-disaster reconstruction work, as well as to pay visits to the masses and rescuers, on May 19. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

MINXIAN, Gansu, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) He Guoqiang has ordered enhanced efforts in disaster relief and reconstruction during a trip to a storm-hit county in northwest China's Gansu Province.

He, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, made the remarks Saturday when he visited Minxian County, where at least 47 people were killed and 12 missing following hail and torrential rains that battered the area last week.

When visiting villagers affected by the disaster, He urged local officials to take conrete measures to solve their living difficulties, help improve their disaster prevention awareness and skills, and ensure enough supply of food, clothes, water and shelter.

He, who also is head of the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, urged local authorities to improve efforts in treating the injured, monitoring secondary disasters and preventing epidemics.

He also visted soldiers and police who were conducting disaster relief operations in the county.

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