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Xi urges enhanced capacity to fight disaster at anniversary of Tangshan quake
July 29,2016   By:Xinhua
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TANGSHAN, Hebei, July 29,2016-- On the 40th anniversary of the Tangshan earthquake, President Xi Jinping said the country's disaster prevention, reduction and relief capabilities should be improved.
 
Xi made the remarks on Thursday during an inspection tour of Tangshan in north China, where he visited a memorial, leaving flowers and paying his respects to all who died in the devastating earthquake.
 
The 7.8-magnitude quake struck the city of Tangshan in Hebei Province on July 28, 1976, killing more than 240,000 people and destroying virtually all buildings.
 
China has suffered some of the world's worst natural disasters, which are diverse, frequent, hit many parts of the country and cause severe damage, Xi said during a meeting with provincial and city officials.
 
Despite notable improvements to China's disaster relief system, there is still room for improvement, Xi said.
 
The government is shifting priority from relief to prevention, from divided efforts to comprehensive preparation, and from reducing damages to addressing risks, he said.
 
Legislation and leadership will be improved, and attention will be given to streamlining mechanisms, improving monitoring and prevention of natural disasters, enhancement of disaster resistant urban and rural infrastructure, and better training and organization of the public.
 
Warning that the country is entering a critical stage in flood control and relief, Xi underscored that the lives and safety of the public were the government's top priorities.
 
The military and civilian sectors will work closely to respond to emergencies, try their best to ensure the safety of people and reinforce large reservoirs, he said.
 
Xi promised that the government will spare no effort in searching for the missing, treating the injured and taking care of the deceased.
 
Residents in flood-hit regions will be relocated to safe and sanitized locations with the supplies they will need, he added.