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Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 68,977

The death toll in China's major earthquake increased by 119 to 68,977 as of Saturday noon, the State Council Information Office said.

Another 367,854 people were counted as injured and 17,974 listed as missing in the 8.0-magnitude quake that jolted southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12.

A total of 45.55 million people were affected by quake, of whom 15.15 million were relocated, according to the office.

Hospitals had treated 89,818 injured survivors as of Saturday noon, of whom 59,877 were discharged, 12,797 were still being treated and 9,245 were transferred outside of Sichuan for further treatment

Hospitals in 20 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions had admitted the transferred patients, the office said.

As of Friday, rescuers had found and evacuated 782,004 people, of whom 6,541 were dug out from under debris.

Also, 4,900 temporary shelters were set up in quake areas and 6,700 temporary shelters were being erected and 29,900 were being shipped to the quake regions.

As of Saturday noon, other relief supplies including 678,900 tents, 4.37 million cotton-padded quilts, 10.7 million garments, 590,000 tonnes of fuel oil and 1.2 million tonnes of coal were sent to the quake-hit areas.

(Xinhua News Agency May 31, 2008)

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