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China Focus: Grass-roots officials pivotal in reviving post-quake Yushu


13:59, February 13, 2013

XINING, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- A Communist Party of China (CPC) flag dug out of quake ruins has guided a village Party committee in northwest China through days and nights of rebuilding toils over the past three years.

And, with conditions getting back to normal in the village of Trangu, officials have remained busy even in the midst of the Spring Festival holiday, working on ambitious plans for the future.

In April 2010, a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province, leaving 2,698 dead and over 12,000 injured.

The then 228-household village of Trangu, adjoining the epicenter, was the most severely damaged in the quake, with all its houses toppled, 65 of its residents killed and 127 injured.

Soon after the earthquake occurred, the village CPC branch unearthed from the former site of its office a bright-red-yet-dusty Party flag.

"Looking at the flag, we realized it was not time to grieve yet," the village's Party chief Drakga recalls. "We, as Party members, had far more urgent business to attend to."

A total of 24 surviving CPC members across the village immediately got moving.

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