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Tibet’s impoverished population down 30%

Updated: Feb 12,2015 1:27 PM     Xinhua

LHASA — Tibet’s impoverished population has dropped by about 30 percent from 2013 by the end of 2014, the region reported on Feb 12.

Some 130,000 people in Tibet were lifted out of poverty in 2014, said Hu Xinsheng, head of the Tibet Poverty Alleviation Office.

Those living in poverty decreased from 830,000 in 2010 to 320,000 in 2014, the proportion of people living in poverty in the region’s farming and pastoral areas is now 13 percent, compared with 34 percent in 2010.

Hu said Tibet had channeled 1.77 billion yuan ($288.6 million) to support poverty reduction efforts in 2014, up 13 percent year on year.

This year 1.88 billion yuan will be invested by the region to lift another 80,000 people out of poverty, he said.

The nation’s poverty threshold is 2,300 yuan ($375) a year for a household.