China has said it will conduct safety inspections of all schools in quake-hit areas of Sichuan, state media reported, after thousands of children were killed.
|Over a 10-day period after the |
quake, a Beichuan river swelled
by more than 60 hectares [AFP]
Countless school buildings collapsed when the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Sichuan province on May 12, killing thousands of pupils who were studying or taking naps.
In one school alone in Mianyang city, more than 1,300 children and teachers are dead or missing.
About 8,000 children were reported to be separated from their families in the first few days after the quake, though that figure has now been drastically reduced to 1,000, Ye Lu, a civil affairs department official, said.
"We are still getting thousands of calls per week asking about how to adopt, but we are still hoping to find the parents of these 1,000 kids," Ye said.
China's Red Cross has promised to release monthly audits of its relief operations to allay fears that aid money could be siphoned off by corrupt officials.
Jiang Yiman, China's Red Cross deputy director, said: "We will release the audit report every month.
"All money will be used for disaster relief, rescue and rebuilding efforts. No one should embezzle a penny."