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Longnan one year on: Rebuilding with hope

By Zhang Xinyi (People's Daily)

11:03, August 09, 2011

Local residents are looking at the construction of their new home in Longnan, northwest China's Gansu Province, Aug. 8, 2011. (Xinhua/Jiang Weichao)

Floods and mudslides hit Longnan city in Gansu Province on August 12, 2010. Tree branches, stones and flood wreckage destroyed the Huangzhu Township, making it the hardest hit area. Following the disaster, Longnan government paid special attention to the reconstruction process and allocated 75,000 yuan for each household without a house and source of income.

With different house types, some of the residents can have a new home with only 10,000 to 23,000 yuan of their own money. Thanks to the policy of "I rebuild my own house", all residents who take part in the reconstruction process serve as the supervisors of the rebuilding. Construction can only proceed after the homeowners check and accept it and signed their name on.

Photo taken shows a residential compound under construction in Huangzhu Township on Aug. 8, 2011. The buildings in the compound are all one-storey buildings, and there are also supporting facilities, such as water supply and drainage system,s plants, markets as well as facilities for cultural and entertainment activities. (Xinhua/Jiang Weichao)

So far 420 households have started their reconstruction process and the houses will be completed by the end of September. They will move into the new house to have a warm winter.


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