China to build one million transit homes for quake-hit

May 22nd, 2008 - 5:54 pm ICT by admin  

Beijing, May 22 (Xinhua) China’s ministry of housing and urban-rural development Thursday said it has asked authorities in the areas hit by the May 12 quake to build one million temporary homes for the victims. A circular issued by the ministry stipulated that local authorities should construct one primary school, one clinic and one retail store for every 1,000 temporary homes. For every 2,000 houses, a middle school should be built, it added.

The circular said the temporary homes should be either assembled with steel sandwich panels or made of lightweight steel and plywood kit sets. It set Aug 10 as the deadline to complete construction of the transit houses.

On May 12, an 8.0-magnitude earthquake jolted southwest China and affected many other parts of the country. The death toll had increased to 51,000, according to government estimate.

In Sichuan province, 2.9 million houses were flattened and more than 14 million damaged, making millions of people homeless, according to a rough estimate.

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