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Living Allowances Provided for Yushu Quake Survivors

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China's Ministry of Civil Affairs Monday said it would provide living allowances and food for survivors of the deadly earthquake that struck Yushu Prefecture in northwestern China's Qinghai Province on April 14.

People who lost their homes during the quake and are currently in economic difficulties, and those relocated away from their homes in Qinghai and the neighboring Sichuan Province would receive a government subsidy of 10 yuan (about US$1.5) and 500 grams of food each day for three months starting mid July, the ministry said.

Those who had lost their entire family, or whose family members were seriously injured, would be given more subsides and a larger food quota. In this category, particular attention would be paid to orphans, senior citizens and the disabled, it said.

Local authorities could provide living allowances and other temporary government subsidies to those still in need after the end of the three-month program, the ministry said.

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck Yushu, inhabited largely by Tibetans, in the northwestern province of Qinghai on April 14, killing more than 2,200 people and flattening thousands of homes.

(Xinhua News Agency June 28, 2010)