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UPDATED: July 10, 2009
Restoring Order
Life in Urumqi gradually returns to normal after traffic controls are lifted

Locals buy goods at a supermarket in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 8. The city lifted traffic control on Wednesday (XINHUA) 


More than 90 injured people were receiving treatment at Youyi Hospital in Urumqi as of July 8.

Zhu Yuanchun, head of the hospital, said it has received a total of 108 injured people since the July 5 unrest; some minor casualties have been discharged. The hospital was making efforts to find family members for unidentified patients.

"Some patients suffered from mental health problems -- they felt scared. We will provide psychological aid to help relieve the pressure," Zhu said.

The city's blood center told The Beijing News that more than 500 people including students came to the center to donate blood on July 8 alone; the blood supply was sufficient.


Traffic was apparently restored although temporary controls were lifted in parts of the city.

Statistics from the control office of Urumqi Public Transportation Corporation show that 42 routes have resumed since the unrest, accounting for more than 90 percent of total operation capacity. Each bus has a security guard onboard to ensure safety. Taxi drivers have resumed business as well.


A city radio station opened a hotline on Monday to help find missing relatives and friends in the unrest.

According to Bai Lu, who is in charge of the radio station, more than 20 people have called for help so far. On July 7, the station announced a donation account to raise funds for the injured.


The Beiyuanchun Market, the largest wholesale farmers market in the city, resumed business Wednesday morning. A salesperson told The Beijing News that vegetable prices after the unrest are higher than before; meat prices rose the most. Buyers said the rise in price would be temporary.

(Source: The Beijing News, translated by CHEN RAN)

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