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Earthquake destroyed 900 homes in Xinjiang
Updated: 2005-02-17 02:23

The No. 2 division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps confirmed Wednesday night that Tuesday's earthquake in Wushi County of northwest China 's Uygur Autonomous Region destroyed 5,800 rooms of 900 households with the division.

A child leans on the frame of the door after the house of his family was damaged by the earthquake in Xinjiang Uyguir Autonomous Region on February 15, 2005. [Xinhua]
The earthquake also partially damaged the homes of another 6, 000 families with the division. Some primary and middle schools have decided to postpone classes for 10 days in order to repair the school rooms damaged in the earthquake.

The location of the division's fourth regiment is one of the worst affected areas. The area was near the epicenter of the earthquake, which measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. Sources said that 2,580 rooms of 430 families and 4,750 meters of shelters for livestock were damaged.

Sun Yuliang, the regimental commander, said 1,720 members of the regiment affected by the quake have moved into the homes of their relatives or other safe places.

The division has earmarked 1 million yuan (120,000 US dollars) for relief work in the fourth regiment, along with 100 tents and 10 tons of grain which have been sent to the quake-hit regiment.

The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps were once military troops 51 years ago. During their time as civilians, the corps have built a number of modern towns, including Shihezi and Wujiaqu. The corps have a population of 2.54 million, more than 1, 500 enterprises and complete systems of education, scientific research, culture, health, finance and insurance.

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