Government gives housing, food aid to flood-affected people
( 2003-11-15 13:27) (Xinhua)
Authorities in the eastern
province of Shandong were distributing relief aid to farmers affected by floods,
giving food and housing to help them cope with the upcoming cold winter.
At least 90,000 people from 135 villages in Shandong were affected after
dikes in neighboring Henan province broke along the Yellow River in September.
The government of Shandong has vowed to give flood victims adequate food,
housing and medical treatment. It arranged a household-by-household census of
people who had food shortage and damaged houses.
Local farmers whose houses had collapsed in the floods were sent to the homes
of their relatives or friends for a temporary residence while the government was
hurrying to rebuild houses for them. It has built 300 new houses in flood-hit
villages and 240 padded tents have been distributed to farmers, local officials
The province set up food distribution stations in the flood-affected area.
Farmers could get rationed food using a government-issued card, and other daily
items like coal, flour, instant noodles, cotton clothes and quilts.
An epidemic-monitoring network was also established to prevent the outbreak
of diseases, local officials said.