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Quake Death Toll Rises to 69,146

The death toll of China's May 12 earthquake increased by four overnight to 69,146 as of Tuesday noon, the State Council Information Office said.

A total of 374,072 people were injured and 17,516 others remained missing after the 8.0-magnitude quake that jolted southwest China's Sichuan Province and neighboring regions about a month ago.

Hospitals had treated 95,252 injured people as of Tuesday noon, of whom 76,853 had been discharged and 15,802 were still being treated.

By Monday, nearly 1.39 million quake survivors had been found and evacuated.

The government disaster relief fund had reached 23.46 billion yuan (about US$3.35 billion), including 18.91 billion yuan from the central budget and 4.55 billion yuan from the local budget.

Relief supplies continued to pour into the quake zone. As of Sunday noon, one million tents, 4.76 million quilts, 13.97 million garments, 885,700 tonnes of fuel oil and 1.89 million tonnes of coal had been sent.

The office said as of Monday, relief workers had built 68,100 temporary houses and another 23,400 were being installed, while the material for 91,200 makeshift houses had arrived in the affected areas.

As of Tuesday noon, domestic and foreign donations had reached 44.43 billion yuan in cash and goods, among which 13.75 billion yuan had been forwarded to the quake-hit areas.

In the 24 hours ending Tuesday noon, 186 aftershocks were monitored in the quake zone, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

One of the tremors measured between 5.0-5.9 and all the others measured at or below 3.9 magnitude, the administration said.

A total of 11,380 aftershocks have been detected in the quake areas since May 12.

As of Tuesday noon, 5,994 water plants and 40,058.3 kilometers of water supply pipelines had been repaired, according to the office.

The quake had damaged 8,114 water plants and 47,642.5 kilometers of water supply channels.

As of Tuesday noon, power was still cut off in 18 townships in quake-hit areas, the office said.

(Xinhua News Agency June 10, 2008)

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