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Seven Months After Quake, China Says Many Schools Were “Totally Unsafe”

December 26, 2008

China said Friday many of its schools were structurally unsafe more than seven months after a devastating earthquake, centered on southwestern Sichuan province, killed thousands of children under collapsed school buildings.


About 33.58 million square meters, or 13 square miles, of primary and middle schools had safety problems, state media quoted Lu Yongxiang, vice-chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, as saying.

This was 2.5 percent of the country’s total school buildings, or the equivalent to 134 Bird’s Nest stadiums in floorspace, he said, referring to the showcase stadium at the Beijing Summer Olympics.

“About 90 percent of the dilapidated houses are in the country’s central and western parts,” Lu was quoted by China Daily as saying.

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