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China allocates emergency funds to quake-affected regions in Tibet

Updated: Apr 27,2015 7:37 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s top economic planner on April 26 allocated 30 million yuan ($4.9 million) of emergency funds to the quake-affected regions in Tibet.

The National Development and Reform Commission said the funds will be used to support restoration work in Tibet following the Nepal earthquake.

A massive 8.1-magnitude quake shook Nepal at 2:11 pm (Beijing Time), killing more than 2,000 people in the country.

The quake and its aftershocks also affected some parts of China’s Tibet autonomous region, adjacent to Nepal. Following the quake in Nepal, a 5.9-magnitude quake shook Xigaze at 5:17 pm on April 25 and a 5.3-magnitude quake shook Nyalam county at 1:42 am on April 26, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.

Rescuers are braving heavy snow and rain to reach the affected area, and their efforts are hampered by severe landslides on the road to Nyalam.

Snow will persist in Tibet till April 27, adding extra pressure to the rescue work, according to a forecast by the National Meteorological Center (NMC).

Death toll in Tibet stands at 18, local authorities said on April 26.