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Daily Update on China Quake Relief (2008/05/29)
Source: Information Office of the State Council

2008/05/29

Latest Developments of Wenchuan Earthquake Relief

Released by the Information Office of the State Council
on 29 May 2008
(17th day after magnitude-8.0 Wenchuan earthquake)
with the authorization of the State Council Earthquake Relief Headquarters

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, as of midday Thursday, May 29th,

  • The confirmed death toll of Wenchuan earthquake had risen to 68,516, with 365,399 injured and 19,350 missing. 45,546,065 people were affected by the 8.0-magnitude earthquake and its aftershocks, and 15,146,840 had been relocated.
  • Donations from home and abroad to China's quake-hit areas had reached 37.307 billion yuan (5.33 billion U.S. dollars), with 27.990 billion yuan (US$4.0 billion) of cash in place and 10.403 billion yuan (US$1.49 billion) in cash and relief materials forwarded to the earthquake-affected areas.
  • Some 619,400 tents, 3.9976 million quilts, 9.2092 million items of clothing as well as 520,000 tonnes of fuel oil and 1.07 million tonnes of coal had been transported and delivered to the quake-affected areas.

According to the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Construction, as of Wednesday May 28th, 2,500 temporary homes had been set up in the quake zone and 4,600 were being set up, with 12,400 awaiting installation, 20,400 being transported and 31,200 to be transported from places of their manufacturers.

According to the PLA General Staff Headquarters, as of Wednesday (May 28th) midnight, disaster relief workers had managed to rescue and relocate 739,034 people to safe areas, and to dig 6,541 survivors from ruined buildings. 

According to the Ministry of Health, as of 12:00 noon May 29 (Thursday), hospitals had treated a total of 87,391 people injured in the earthquake, of whom 56,580 had been treated and discharged, while 15,388 remained hospitalized. 7,659 had been transferred from Sichuan to other parts of China for further treatment.

According to China Seismological Bureau,

  • From Wednesday noon to midday Thursday, no aftershocks measuring at or above 4.0 on the Richter scale were monitored while 219 feeble shocks below magnitude 3.9 were detected in the areas close to epicenter.
  • As of midday Thursday, 9,130 aftershocks of various magnitudes have been detected in the quake zone.
  • 187 aftershocks measuring at or above 4.0 on Richter scale had been monitored, of which 30 were measured at or above 5 in magnitude, and 5 were measured 6.0 or higher.

According to the Ministry of Finance, as of 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 29th, the government disaster relief fund for quake-stricken areas had hit 20.938 billion yuan (3 billion U.S. dollars). The fund included 16.686 billion yuan from the central budget and 4.252 billion yuan from the local budget.

According to State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), midday May 29th, as a result of latest aftershock-caused landslides in Xiaojin County, Aba Prefecture, 4 towns and villages were again without electricity. Power is yet to be restored in Beichuan Township and at least 16 other towns and villages in the quake zone.

According to China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), as of Thursday morning, May 29th, 98.2% of banking service offices in the quake-hit areas have resumed operation, with 238 offices' operation still suspended.


Latest Developments of Wenchuan Earthquake Relief

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