Reconstruction Underway in Sichuan Quake Zones
   2013-04-29 12:55:36      Web Editor: Liu Ranran


With post-quake reconstruction undergoing in Sichuan, Chinese authorities are reportedly shifting their focus on the quality of the food and work safety.

Our reporter Xiuqi has more details.

With relief materials constantly flowing into the quake zones since the earthquake hit Ya'an city more than a week ago, authorities are deploying special quality inspectors to spot-check the relief materials.

Fu Wenbiao is an official with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, China's top quality watchdog.

"Quality inspectors from Sichuan provincial government have conducted random checks on daily necessities, like rice, cooking oil, instant noodles and bottled water. There are over 300 inspectors serving at major distribution centers to supervise and check food quality. We aim to ensure quake victims can eat and drink safely."

With a total of 1.5 billion yuan set aside by the Chinese Government for rescue and relief work, at least 87,000 tents and some 34 hundred tons of food have already been distributed to the affected area.

Fu Wenbiao now says his administration has allocated 1 million yuan in emergency funds to help with the quality inspection to ensure the reconstruction process is safe and smooth as well.
Part of this includes quality inspectors scrutinising industrial equipment, like boilers, elevators, and cranes, so as to ensure a safe and smooth reconstruction process.

"The Sichuan provincial government sends at least 4 inspection teams daily to the hardest-hit regions to check the safety of various kinds of equipment. So far we have checked over 8 thousand sets of equipment and suspended 16-hundrend of them due to quality concerns."

About 2.5 million people in Sichuan were affected by the magnitude 7 earthquake, with as many as 126-thousand homes destroyed, and more than 200 people killed or missing.
The Sichuan provincial government has also begun to subsidize families whose homes were destroyed.

Each family is eligible for at least 2,000 yuan to rebuild their homes, which would be a crucial step towards restarting their lives.


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