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China Quake Death Toll Remains Unchanged

The death toll from the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan Province and its neighboring region stood at 69,207 as of Monday noon, the State Council Information Office said in a statement.

The number of people listed as missing and injured stood at 18,194 and 374,468 respectively.

As of Monday noon, a total of 1,485,899 quake-affected people had been relocated.

Among the 96,509 hospitalized for injury, 91,849 had been discharged, the statement said.

The government spending on disaster relief and reconstruction had topped 64.16 billion yuan (about US$9.3 billion), including 57.41 billion yuan from the central budget and 6.75 billion yuan from the local budget.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, domestic and foreign donations had reached 59.25 billion yuan in cash and goods by Monday noon. Of this, 22.88 billion yuan had been forwarded to quake-hit areas.

About 1.58 million tents, 4.87 million quilts, 14.1 million garments, 2.63 million tons of fuel and 5.62 million tons of coal had been sent to the quake-hit areas, it said.

As of Sunday, relief workers had built 603,600 temporary houses and another 5,600 were being installed, with 38,400 to be built.

In the 96 hours ending Monday noon, three aftershocks between 4.0 to 4.9 magnitude, one between 6.0 to 6.9 magnitude and 770 aftershocks at or below magnitude 3.9 were monitored in the quake zone, according to the China Earthquake Administration.

A total of 22,019 aftershocks had been detected since May 12.

A total of 291,516 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, 44,825 km had been restored as of Monday noon, according to the statement. Of the 53,295 km of roads damaged in the quake, 52,521 km had been restored, according to the statement.

And 127,723 of the 138,960 business outlets damaged by the quake had been reopened, the statement read.

As of Monday noon, 155,584 quake-affected people had been organized to work outside of the quake zone, while another 648,888 people had found jobs in their hometowns.

(Xinhua News Agency August 5, 2008)

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