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“Previously our main priority was the search and rescue of affected people,” Wen said. “Our priority now is to resettle the affected people and to make plans for post-quake reconstruction.”

It won’t be easy. The quake destroyed more than 15 million homes, Wen said. He said the government needed 900,000 tents and urged Chinese manufacturers to make 30,000 a day.

As the government grappled with the task of rebuilding — a process Sichuan Vice Governor Li Chengyun has said could take three years — it also watched for a variety of secondary disasters.

Experts searched for 15 radiation sources buried in the rubble, although they said there were no leaks or public health risk. And survivors left flood-risk areas downstream from rivers that had been dammed by landslides.

With their water pooling and the rainy season coming, the “quake lakes” could breach the earthen barriers and sweep down already fragile valleys.

Meanwhile, some 10,000 medical workers have been dispatched to prevent disease outbreaks.

“The second major challenge facing us is epidemic prevention and control,” Wen said, adding that no outbreaks had been reported so far.

The premier also promised that China would continue its openness about the quake, in which the government has accepted foreign relief teams and allowed Chinese media to report in relative depth on the disaster.

“From the very beginning of the disaster relief, we put people’s lives above all,” Wen said, “We have adopted an open policy because we think it was not only the disaster for Chinese people, but the people of the world. Our spirit of putting people above all and our open policy will not change.”

Also today, eight pandas reached Beijing safely after a long journey from their damaged reserve near the quake’s epicenter. The pandas will spend the next six months at the Beijing Zoo on a special Olympics visit that was planned long before the quake.

The pandas’ home at the world-famous Wolong reserve was badly damaged by the quake and five staff members were killed.

The pandas have been closely watched because they seemed nervous after the earthquake, sometimes eating and sleeping less. But the pandas appeared lively after they were moved into their exhibit space at the Beijing Zoo this evening, even putting their paws on the glass separating them from the media and the public.