China’s Quake Reconstruction To Cost Nearly $150 Billion: Govt

From AFP:
Nearly 150 billion dollars are needed to rebuild areas in southwest China devastated by a massive earthquake in May, the government said on Thursday.
The 51 worst-hit counties and cities will need about one trillion yuan (145.7 billion dollars), said the National Development and Reform Commission, the top economic planning agency, in a statement on its website.
That was more than one fifth of the 4.9 trillion yuan of tax revenue that the government was able to collect nationwide last year.
A total of 4,432 primary and middle schools and 169 hospitals are to be rebuilt, according to a reconstruction plan posted on the NDRC’s website.

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