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Geological disaster threats mitigated in SW China

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-06-08 13:02
CHENGDU - Some 580,000 residents of southwest China's Sichuan Province no longer live with the threat of geological disasters, according to local authorities.

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake in 2008 and a 7.0-magnitude quake in 2013 showed that the region is vulnerable to geological disasters and prompted government action from 2014 to prevent and manage potential threats.

Local government efforts have removed potential hazards from more than 10,000 sites within the province. The population living under threat has been dropped from 2.2 million at the end of 2013 to 1.62 million currently.

More than 60,000 families have been relocated from disaster-prone areas and over 400 disaster control projects completed, according to local authorities.
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