Shelter for all quake victims

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 January, 1998, 12:00am

The basic task of providing housing and food to earthquake victims in Hebei has been completed and life is slowly returning to normal, officials say.

Although the quake-hit area around Zhangjiakou has been affected by temperatures of minus 30 degrees Celsius, all victims have been settled into makeshift housing.

They also have adequate supplies of coal and food.

Yan Fensheng, a rescue worker with the city's Civil Affairs Department, said: 'The basic rescue work has been completed.' More than 11,000 makeshift houses have been built for 44,000 homeless residents.

Fifty people were killed and 12,000 injured in the quake, which measured 6.2 on the Richter scale.

Hong Kong rescue organisations had complained that snowbound roads were hampering medical supplies reaching the quake zone.

But Mr Yan said roads in the area had now been cleared.

Xinhua reported that storms had also hampered the smooth transport of supplies.

But the news agency later said traffic police in the city had worked overtime to ensure supplies got through to the victims.

Mr Yan said better weather had been forecast for the quake zone later this week and possibly for the Lunar New Year.