China vows to normalize life, production in snow-hit areas

Updated: 2008-02-13 20:36

BEIJING - China pledged to normalize life and production in snow-hit provinces as early as possible at an executive meeting here on Wednesday to make arrangements on the issue of rebuilding in these areas.

Premier Wen Jiabao presided over the executive meeting of the State Council, China's Cabinet.

Since mid-January, chaotic winter weather featuring low temperatures, heavy snow and freezing rain have brought about enormous damages to power and communications sectors, huge losses to people's lives and properties, as well as industrial and agricultural production, according to the meeting.

The Cabinet spoke highly of the joint efforts made by civilians, troops and police to fight the snow-caused catastrophes under the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the State Council.

Currently, transport has returned to normal nationwide and damaged power supply and transmission networks are being repaired. In the affected areas, power supply for residential use has basically been restored, markets are stable and social order has been maintained, according to the meeting.

It warned local governments and departments concerned not to relax as in some areas power supply facilities were yet repaired. In addition, the transport of power-use coal was still difficult, large areas of croplands were completely destroyed and life is very hard for local people.

The State Council asked local authorities to organize manpower, materials and funds in a scientific way and make plans, arrangements and start-ups quickly. This was to rebuild damaged infrastructure, restore industrial and agricultural production and normalize people's lives in the affected areas as early as possible while trying hard to minimize losses caused by the catastrophe.

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