Qingyuan, the hardest-hit city in the Guangdong flood zone, is one step closer to its long-cherished dream of prosperity. Amid numerous reports of chaos in the city after weeks of torrential rain, Xinhua (the New China News Agency) said the poverty-stricken area had been receiving government aid for three years in a massive migration programme. The programme had relocated 130,000 people from farming communities in mountainous or sandy areas which were unsuitable for agriculture. After moving, each person had been able to earn an average of 1,180 yuan (HK$1,100) a year. So far the Government had spent 137 million yuan on the scheme. Much of the aid programme had gone towards construction of new houses, schools and technical training centres.