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Relief supplies come to quake-hit survivors
A flood of urgently needed aid has reached Yushu, the epicenter of a devastating 7.1 magnitude quake, including enough food and shelter for tens of thousands of suddenly homeless.

The surge in aid coincided with the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao Sunday, who cut short an official trip to South America to deal with the disaster at home.

The quake Wednesday have grabbed the lives of 1,706 people and injured 12,128, said the official Xinhua News Agency on Sunday.

President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao have promised that the government was doing everything they could to help the mostly ethnic Tibetan quake victims in Yushu County, West China.

“On Sunday, after days of sleeping in makeshift shelters, with ice forming on blankets during the frigid nights, nearly all survivors finally had proper tents and enough food and clean water to last at least a few days”, the Associated Press reporters on the site wrote in a latest report they filed.

Zou Ming, head of disaster relief at the Ministry of Civil Affairs, told a news conference in Beijing that most survivors now had tents, basic food and clean water.
Government-issued blue tents that were sparsely dotted around town in recent days popped up in abundance on Sunday. Some families set them up next to the ruins of their flattened mud-brick homes.

In one corner of the tent camps was Genyao, 65, and his more than 20 family members. He pushed back the flap of one of their four tents to reveal two dozen cases of water, instant noodles and canned meat. Nearby, two blackened pots bubbled on top of a stove made from concrete blocks.

"It's manageable. The country cares about us," said Genyao, who goes by one name, a smile creasing his weather-beaten face. But, he pointed out, "The pots, the blankets, those we pulled out of the rubble of our house ourselves."

China Central Television showed Hu visiting a similar scene, the camera panning over stacks of food boxes and a crate of water in the corner.

"I guarantee the party and the government will help you build a new home and make sure your children can return to school as soon as possible," Hu said.

Meanwhile, the Political and Legal Affairs of the CPC Central Committee on Sunday called for maintenance of stability in the quake-hit regions in Yushu to create a favorable setting for quake relief and reconstruction.

In a circular released Sunday, the committee ordered local police to step up patrols of key areas and timely solve disputes to maintain social stability and unity among different ethnic groups there.

The committee urged a severe crackdown on theft, robbery, sabotage of relief supplies, and disruption of market order, so as to make all quake survivors feel safe.
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