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Quake Death Toll Reaches 69,200 by Monday Noon

The death toll from the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province and its neighboring region rises to 69,200 as of Monday noon, the State Council Information Office said in a statement.

The number of people listed as missing and injured increased to 18,195 and 374,216 respectively.

As of Monday noon, a total of 1,485,770 quake-affected people had been relocated.

Among the 96,463 hospitalized for injury, 91,289 had been discharged, the statement said.

The government disaster relief fund had topped 61.61 billion yuan (about US$9.02 billion), including 55.1 billion yuan from the central budget and 6.52 billion yuan from the local budget.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, domestic and foreign donations had reached 59.03 billion yuan in cash and goods by Monday noon. Of this, 22.78 billion yuan had been forwarded to quake-hit areas.

About 1.58 million tents, 4.87 million quilts, 14.1 million garments, 2.42 million tons of fuel oil and 5.17 million tons of coal had been sent to the quake-hit areas, it said.

As of Sunday, relief workers had built 581,800 temporary houses and another 11,100 were being installed, with 41,400 to be built.

In the 96 hours ending Monday noon, one aftershock between 6.0 to 6.9 magnitude and three between 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude were monitored in the quake zone, with 884 aftershocks at or below magnitude 3.9, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

A total of 20,637 aftershocks had been detected since May 12.

A total of 276,880 tons of grain and 9,272 tons of edible oil have been allocated to the quake zones from central reserves as of Sunday, the statement said.

Of the 48,276 km of ruptured water supply pipelines, 44,758 km had been restored as of Monday noon, according to the statement.

Of the 53,295 km of roads damaged in the quake, 52,480 km had been restored, according to the statement. And 29,358 km of the 36,291 km ruptured telecommunication optical cable had been restored.

As of Monday noon, 146,182 quake-affected people had been organized to work outside of the quake zone, while another 641,848people had found job in their hometown.

(Xinhua News Agency July 30, 2008)

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