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China allocates emergency funds to quake-hit Xinjiang

Updated: Jul 27,2015 4:49 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s top economic planner on July 27 allocated 50 million yuan ($8.2 million) of emergency funds to an quake-stricken county in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

The National Development and Reform Commission said the funds will be used to support infrastructure restoration work.

The 6.5-magnitude quake shook Pishan County, inhabited largely by people of Uygur ethnicity, on July 3 and left three dead and 263 others injured.

The quake damaged 12,000 houses. More than 66,000 people have been evacuated.

The Xinjiang regional government has earmarked 20 million yuan ($3.2 million) for disaster relief. Those affected by the quake have received 1,500 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 coats.