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8/14/2008-- The Chinese government faces a repair bill of almost $150bn (76bn) from the Sichuan earthquake, equivalent to a fifth of its entire tax revenues for a single year, the state media reported yesterday.

Providing new houses for 3.9 million refugees, replacing schools and creating jobs for 1 million people are among the measures in an ambitious plan to rebuild the region devastated by the magnitude 8 quake, which struck on May 12.

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