China quake toll goes past 67,000

May 27th, 2008 - 5:40 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 27 (Xinhua) China Tuesday updated the toll in the May 12 earthquake at 67,187 and said more than 20,790 people were still untraced following the quake in the southwestern province of Sichuan. Relief workers relocated 698,302 people to safe areas, and rescued 6,541 survivors out of quake ruins, the information wing of the State Council said.

About 400,000 people were injured in the devastating earthquake, it said.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said Tuesday it was extending a $1 million grant to China to support relief efforts.

The Manila-based ADB said the technical assistance will fund the acquisition of essential equipment and supplies for basic services, and review the disaster management framework for the quake area.

The programme will also conduct a preliminary damage and needs assessment of the physical and social infrastructure.

“Subsequent reconstruction programmes and projects may require additional ADB-supported funding,” the bank said.

Meanwhile, more bad news came from central China’s Hunan province where two days of heavy rain have affected 38,000 people, damaging homes and crops and washing out roads.

However, no casualties were reported.

Some 38,000 people in six townships of Yuanling county were affected by the downpour, with 295 residential buildings damaged and two destroyed. Standing drops on 730 hectares of land has been affected by the rain which rendered some 210 ha uncultivable for the season.

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