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Ministry works to hasten disaster relief

By He Dan and Guo Anfei  (China Daily)

11:29, November 26, 2011

Two Tibetan children play in front of a tent where they live on Nov 12, 2011. They attend school nearby in Yushu, a county in Qinghai province that was hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on April 14 last year.(Xinhua)

BEIJING - County-level civil affairs departments should distribute subsidies to the people affected by disasters within 15 days of receiving the money from superior authorities, a senior official from the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on Friday.

Local civil affairs departments are also required to simplify the application procedures for such subsidies, said Luo Pingfei, vice-minister of civil affairs, during a meeting about helping disaster victims get through harsh winters.

More than 480 million people in the country suffered from natural disasters in the first three quarters of 2011, according to ministry data. One thousand were killed or are missing. The economic cost of the disasters this year reached 300 billion yuan ($47 billion).

Luo said the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Finance have allocated 3.6 million yuan to help the disaster-affected regions and will soon allocate more disaster relief money. However, he did not name an exact amount.

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