Downpours Hit NW China Quake Zone
   2013-07-25 22:36:42    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Luo Dan


 

Heavy rain has been falling in Gansu Province which was hit by an earthquake on Monday, and this has hampered the transportation of relief materials into the disaster zone.

As CRI's He Fei reports, relief materials such as tents and quilts remain in short supply.

The heavy rain has muddied rural roads and made it impossible for vehicles to reach residents in some villages of Minxian county, which was the hardest hit in the quake.

Local officials said that due to the roads being blocked, relief goods can only be transported on foot to some areas.

Du Hongliang is in charge of the storage of relief materials in the county.

"Currently we have enough drinking water and instant noodles, while tents, beds and quilts are still badly needed. We are in a mountainous region with high altitude, so residents can not sleep without beds. The current storage of these materials can not even meet the needs for one third of victims. "

The civil and financial departments of Minxian County are in charge of the reception, storage and distribution of relief materials.

Auditing and discipline inspection and supervision departments are also involved to ensure the transparency.

The heavy rain caused a landslide in the village of Yongguang, where more than 100 people who had been living in makeshift tents have been transferred to prefabricated housing.

In Zhongzhai township, local residents joined the relief effort, helping to unload materials as well as to repair blocked roads.

Zhang Zhengping is a local villager. His house, built in the beginning of this year, became dilapidated after the quake.

"It can not live in any more. Yesterday there was a landslide and we slept in the primary school. My family has 13 members and only two beds. So we let the children sleeping on beds and adults on the quilts paved on bare ground."

Zhang said in fear of further secondary disasters, residents of the village have all moved to relocation points down the hill.

The death toll from Monday's earthquake remains at 95.

For CRI, this is HE Fei.

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