Seventy-eight-year-old A Da started queuing near Jiegu temple at 8am yesterday for a tent and food. She lost her son several years ago and now has to take care of herself. Queuing behind her was Genggan Duojie, whose wife was several days from giving birth, and they still had not been given a tent. Young Tibetan mother Daizhong, one child on her back and another holding onto her hand, was also queuing. Her husband is Han Chinese, and after he attempted several times to obtain relief goods but failed, the couple thought Daizhong's Tibetan identity would have a bigger chance of success. Quake-stricken Yushu county's government started handing out relief goods near the temple two days before, but soldiers from Lanzhou, Gansu , said more quake survivors were showing up in the morning every day. The soldiers had to hold onto each other's belts to force a queue into shape and prevent those waiting behind from breaking through. Hundreds were waiting. More than 2,000 kilometres away, in Beijing, the government said survivors from the Yushu quake, which has left more than 1,700 people dead, have been guaranteed food, drinking water, tents and medical treatment. Altogether 25,000 tents, 52,000 quilts, 16,000 coats and 850 tonnes of instant noodles and drinking water have arrived in the quake zone, Zou Ming, director of the Ministry of Civil Affairs' Disaster Relief Department, said at a press conference yesterday. Another 18,950 tents were on their way. Four days after the quake, resources were more available, but fair distribution remained a problem. Clean water was limited to three main settlement zones and power was scheduled to return to these zones by last night. Anywhere outside the zones was still without basic amenities and, in most cases, without a tent or even blankets. Having cancelled a scheduled visit to Chile and Venezuela to return to Beijing earlier than planned, President Hu Jintao arrived in the county yesterday to offer condolences to survivors, and encourage rescue workers. During his visit, the president emphasised the first task was still to rescue those trapped under rubble and for treatment to the injured. The three other priorities were to supply adequate daily necessities, rebuild infrastructure and provide normal schooling for children. The president's carefully scripted trip included visiting victims living in tents and chatting with injured survivors in a field hospital. Footage on China Central Television showed Hu grasping the hand of a monk as he vowed to make utmost efforts to save anyone still trapped under the rubble. 'As long as there is a ray of hope we will try 100 times harder to save lives,' he said. Despite his encouraging words, Hu's visit caused a halt in rescue efforts, which ironically contrasted with an order released by the quake relief headquarters yesterday that condolences from any bureaucratic level would be unwelcome so that effective and orderly relief work could be ensured. Government figures put the death toll at 1,706 yesterday afternoon with 256 people listed as missing and 12,128 injured. Miao Chonggang , deputy director of the Earthquake Relief Department of the China Earthquake Administration, said as of Saturday, 15,000 people were involved in rescue efforts and 17,000 people had been pulled out of collapsed buildings. The actual death toll continues to remain elusive as the top monk at Jiegu Temple, living Buddha Anwen Danbarenqing, maintained his stand on Saturday that at least 2,110 had been cremated that day. He said that the difference in his toll and the official toll was probably due to the government's concern over the consequences of announcing a sudden jump in the number of victims. He said the temple had maintained constant communication with officials on the number of deaths. 'Our toll came from our actual dealings with the victims' families, and participation in the burial of the bodies,' he said. 'We are only one temple in Yushu prefecture carrying out burial ceremonies, and there are six counties within Yushu. We estimate that the final death toll will be at least 8,000 or 9,000, and could be more than 10,000.' Nearly 100 hours after the quake, a 68-year-old man was pulled from debris yesterday morning. He had normal vital signs when he was rescued and was sent to hospital for treatment. Survivors were now living in 14 settlement zones in Jiegu town and neighbouring areas, Zou said, adding they were free to conduct religious activities there. At yesterday's press conference, Zou said as of Saturday afternoon, donations from provincial governments had totalled 225 million yuan (HK$255.88 million), and non-governmental donations were rising. He said an important task in the next stage would be managing this money and ensuring every penny was spent on people in the quake zone. Qinghai Disease Control Bureau chief Li Xianming said Jiegu had already entered the stage of disease prevention although he did not say whether this meant the end of rescue efforts. Rescue workers could still be seen working around town. Water quality official Liu Huiqi said the water at the three main settlement zones was potable and the quality 'rather sufficient' to satisfy the need of the zones. A State Grid Corporation of China official from Qinghai said restoring electricity in Yushu was harder than expected, since the town was never connected to the provincial power grid because of its remote location. It has always relied on local dams to generate electricity, and right now, Jiegu's electricity is borrowed from a town 70 kilometres away. He declined to speculate when electricity could be provided to locations other than the settlement zones but suggested the town should be connected to the provincial grid during reconstruction. Some Han Chinese felt they were disadvantaged when it came to the distribution of relief goods after Tibetan survivors ganged up to grab resources. Daizhong's husband was one; another 33-year-old teacher from Shandong expressed the same concern. She declined to give her name since she did not want to implicate her school, but she said even school leaders refused to help. Daizhong finally obtained a tent yesterday, but Genggan Duojie was not so lucky. He and his wife were still waiting at 5pm for a tent and said he did not know why they had not been given one yet.