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President HU Jintao Signs Order Promulgating Law of the People’s Republic of China on Precautions Against Earthquake and Relief of Disaster
On the sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the 11th National People’s Congress of China held from Dec. 22 to 27, 2008, President HU Jintao signed the Order of President to promulgate the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Precautions Against Earthquake and Relief of Disaster, which will be put in enforcement on May 1, 2009.

The Law is composed of 93 items in nine chapters, including general provisions, planning for precautions against earthquake and relief of disaster, earthquake monitoring and prediction, precautions against earthquake disaster, earthquake emergency measures, post-earthquake relief and reconstruction, supervision and administration, legal responsibilities, and supplementary provisions. According to the Law, the department of the State Council in charge of earthquake works, together with other departments concerned, should organize the compilation of the plans of earthquake precaution and disaster relief, as well as the implementation of the plans after they are submitted to and approved by the State Council. The plans of earthquake precaution and disaster relief should cover the following contents: the status of earthquake risks and the general goal of earthquake precaution and disaster relief, the layout of earthquake monitor station network, the measures of earthquake precaution, the measures of earthquake emergency, and the guarantee measures for earthquake precaution like techniques, information, funds, and materials.

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