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China allocates 50m yuan for disaster relief in Sichuan province

Updated: Jun 19,2019 9:23 AM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China has allocated an emergency funding of 50 million yuan (about $7.2 million) for earthquake relief in Southwest China’s Sichuan province, the country’s top economic planner announced on June 18.

The funds, within central budget plan, will be used for rebuilding infrastructure and public service facilities in the quake-affected areas, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

Thirteen people died and 199 were injured so far, after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit Changning county of Yibin, Sichuan province at 10:55 pm on June 17 (Beijing Time).

China’s disaster relief authorities have launched a level-3 emergency response in the area, sending multiple work groups to assist with local disaster relief work.