China launches quake zone reconstruction

China is planning a huge reconstruction of schools, homes and hospitals reduced to rubble by the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province, Reuters reported on Thursday.
More than 15 million residents have been displaced and tent cities have been going up in the stricken areas.
In recent days, tensions have flared between local officials and parents whose children were killed in a disproportionate number of school collapses. More than 9,000 children and teachers died under school buildings, according to Reuters.
A circular from China’s State Council said: "Local governments must organise personnel to conduct safety appraisals of all school buildings as soon as possible to ensure the safety of students as they return to school."