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Ministry calls for quake donations transparency

BEIJING - China's Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) on Monday asked charity groups to regulate donations intended for thearea of Southwest China rocked by Saturday's deadly earthquake, calling for transparency and social supervision.

In a statement, the MCA said charity groups that are organizing donation drives for the quake-hit areas of Sichuanprovince should publicize information about their activities and donation incomes in accordance with existingregulations.

Charity groups' websites should be the major channels for such information, which should be available for inquiry overa long period of time.

The ministry added donations should be used in accordance with donors' wishes as well as the demands of the rescueand relief work and reconstruction projects.

The statement advocated citizens and organizations donating money to legally registered, disaster relief-dedicatedcharity groups.

The ministry urged civil affairs department in Sichuan to log statistics of donations and publish them on a regular basis.

In the meantime, the MCA asked charity groups and volunteers not to go to disaster-hit area by themselves, as theyare in a state of emergency and have very limited accommodation for more people.

The death toll to the quake that jolted Lushan County of Sichuan's Ya'an city at 8:02 am Beijing time on Saturday hasrisen to at least 186, with more than 11,000 others injured. More than 1.5 million people have been affected by thedisaster.

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