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Sichuan to Complete 90% of Reconstruction

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The quake-stricken Sichuan Province will accomplish more than 90 percent of its reconstruction projects in 2010, Sichuan governor Jiang Jufeng said Tuesday.

The most ravaged counties, including Beichuan, Qingchuan and Wenchuan, would finish nearly all the reconstruction targets in 2010, Jiang said at the annual session of the Provincial People's Congress.

The government promised to complete construction of residential houses in rural areas before the Spring Festival, which falls on Feb.14, and those in urban areas before May.

The government will build a quake museum in Beichuan County, where about 21,000 people, or two-thirds of the population in the county seat, were dead or missing.

Commemorative sites will also be built in Yingxiu Township, the epicenter, as well as the destroyed industrial base in Hanwang Township, and the Dujiangyan, home to one of the world's oldest irrigation systems.

Sichuan would strengthen the cooperation with supporting provinces and cities in the fields of investment, trade, tourism and personnel services, Jiang said.

(Xinhua News Agency January 27, 2010)