China earmarks £106 million for quake disaster relief

Rescuers run through wreckage to reach the isolated Baoxing county a day after an earthquake hit China. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

The central Chinese government has allocated 1 billion yuan (£106 million) for disaster relief to the quake zones in China's south western province of Sichuan, which killed more than 200 people, said the Ministry of Finance.

The fund will be used for rescue and relief work, the relocation of people affected by the quake, medical treatment, subsidies for the victims' families, as well as for repairing damaged public facilities, the ministry added.