The Politburo, the mainland's top decision-making body, has announced a shift in relief work from focusing on saving lives to resettling survivors and reconstruction. Meanwhile, Wu Bangguo, the No2 leader and head of the National People's Congress, arrived in Chengdu yesterday, the last of the nine most senior leaders in the Politburo Standing Committee to be directly involved in relief efforts. 'Efforts to search for survivors should continue in the quake zones, but more efforts should be focused on resettlement of surviving masses, resumption of production and post-quake reconstruction,' the Politburo said in a statement after a meeting yesterday. The meeting was chaired by party chief President Hu Jintao , who said the earthquake was the 'most destructive' tremor with the 'most widespread impact' and the most difficult for disaster relief since the People's Republic was founded in 1949. It focused on measures for resettlement of the homeless, medical care and the repair of public utilities such as transport, communications, electricity and water supplies 'to speed up the resumption of normal life and production in the earthquake-hit regions', according to the statement posted on the central government's website. The Politburo called for strenuous efforts to get the homeless resettled as soon as possible and urged government departments at all levels to ensure the supply of raw materials and finance to housing contractors. Mr Wu followed in the footsteps of Mr Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao by visiting quake areas. He visited four people being treated in hospital who were rescued after being buried in debris for more than 100 hours. Mr Wu then went to the Chengdu railway station to oversee the dispersal of relief goods. Mr Wen, No3 in the leadership, flew to the epicentre hours after the quake struck on May 12. In the space of two weeks he has made two visits to the area to direct relief work. All nine members of the Standing Committee have now visited quake-ravaged areas or been involved in relief work, Xinhua said. Mr Wu's visit was aimed at studying a special budget of 95 billion yuan (HK$106.9 billion) proposed by the government for the first stage of relief efforts. His visit also came amid growing expectation that the legislature could play a crucial role in examining the proper use of state funds, and donations, which have exceeded 30 billion yuan. Reports of misappropriation of relief funds and materials by some local officials have triggered public demands for the government to strengthen its supervision and punishment of corrupt officials. Dai Qing , a veteran journalist who has campaigned for political plurality and democracy, said: 'The general public, and donors in particular, have the right to ensure that their money is properly used without any waste and embezzlement by officials.' He said the public should also be involved in examining the use of the relief funds. Mr Wu pledged that the NPC would support the relief work and provide as much money as was needed. He added that the national legislature would strengthen its work in supervising and auditing the use of the funds.