10 years on, president hails post-quake reconstruction
May 15,2018 By:China Daily
May 15, 2018 -- At the site of Xuankou Middle School, people gather on Saturday for a memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the Wenchuan Earthquake in Sichuan province that killed nearly 70,000 people. [Photo by ZOU HONG/CHINA DAILY]
May 15, 2018 -- China's earthquake rescue capability has increased by more than 200 percent in the past 10 years and an early earthquake warning system now covers most of the population in areas prone to temblors, and President Xi Jinping called on the nation this weekend to enhance disaster-prevention capabilities to guarantee people's safety and property.
Xi said that under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China, the areas hit by the powerful quake had reached "remarkable achievements in restoration and reconstruction work, providing useful experience and inspiration for the international community in post-disaster reconstruction work".
His praise came in a letter to the International Conference for the Decade Memory of the Wenchuan Earthquake and the fourth International Conference on Continental Earthquakes, which opened in Chengdu, Sichuan province, on Saturday.
On May 12, 2008, the magnitude 8 quake hit Wenchuan, Sichuan province, killing nearly 70,000 people and leaving nearly 18,000 people missing and millions more homeless.