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Premier urges ample supplies for quake survivors

Updated: 2010-05-23 17:42
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BEIJING - Premier Wen Jiabao has called on authorities to ensure earthquake survivors in Qinghai Province receive adequate food and financial assistance to maintain their livelihoods.

Wen made the call in a speech at a meeting to discuss relief work on May 1 during his second visit to the quake zone in Yushu prefecture and the speech was published Sunday by the State Council General Office.

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Wen said supplies of food, cooking oil, vegetables, fuel and relief allowances should be provided to ensure living standards, and schools should resume as soon as possible in tents or temporary buildings.

Debris should be cleared quickly, and the disposal of garbage, human waste and livestock carcases must be properly carried out, Wen said.

Adequate disinfectant chemicals and equipment should be prepared, and authorities should be alert for outbreaks of disease, Wen said.

Damaged roads and bridges should be repaired and airport operations should be guaranteed to maintain efficient transport. Water and power supplies should also be restored rapidly, Wen said.

Agricultural production should be restored, and government must help farmers buy seed and fertilizers. Market should be rebuilt and goods supplies and prices stabilized, Wen said.

Psychological assistance should be provided to people suffering from trauma problems.

Wen first visited Yushu on April 15, the day after the 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck. The quake killed at least 2,200 people and left more than 100,000 homeless.