|Premier Li Keqiang visits 12-year-old earthquake victim Cao Jiandong in Minxian county, Northwest China's Gansu province, on Saturday. The county was hit by an earthquake on July 22. [Photo by Liao Pan / China News Service] More photos on Premier Li's Gansu visit|
Li Keqiang tells quake victims in Gansu to join hands in overcoming temporary setbacks
Premier Li Keqiang, visiting an earthquake-hit area in Northwest China's Gansu province, has encouraged villagers to be confident about the future, and assured them the government will help them get on their feet again.
He said people in the quake region would get aid to rebuild their houses, as well as sufficient supplies of food, water and medicine. Roads will be repaired as soon as possible, Li said while visiting Minxian county on Saturday afternoon.
Premier Li Keqiang visits 12-year-old earthquake victim Cao Jiandong in Minxian county, Northwest China's Gansu province, on Saturday. The county was hit by an earthquake on July 22. [Photo by Liao Pan / China News Service] More photos on Premier Li's Gansu visit
"If we put hundreds of millions of hands together, we will become powerful enough to overcome the current as well as long-term difficulties," he told the people of Yongguang village in Meichuan township, one of the worst-hit areas where 21 people died and almost all the houses were destroyed.
On July 22, a 6.6-magnitude quake jolted the area between Minxian and Zhangxian counties in the morning. The earthquake left at least 95 people dead and another 1,461 injured.
About 2.36 million people were affected by the earthquake, with a direct economic loss of more than 17.6 billion yuan ($2.88 billion), according to statistics from the Gansu provincial government.