The reconstruction of parts of southwest China's Sichuan province hit by the 2008 earthquake has been completed, the vice governor of Sichuan Province announced on Friday.
Wei Hong, also the director of the provincial post-quake reconstruction committee office, made the remarks at a press conference ahead of China's annual sessions.
Wei said that 99.5 percent of the budget, 865.8 billion yuan (137.5 billion US dollars), has been invested in post-quake reconstruction, with 99 percent of 29,692 projects finished.
A devastating quake hit Sichuan and the neighboring Gansu and Shaanxi provinces in May, 2008, leaving more than 80,000 people dead or missing and millions of houses collapsed.
"The unfinished projects are those affected by after-shocks and secondary disasters, which need long-term construction and huge quantities of work," Wei said. "We are making efforts to promote the left projects."
Local governments have successfully helped more than 12 million people in rural and urban areas repair their houses, and have relocated 200,000 farmers who lost their farmlands, the vice governor added.
Basic living standards in Sichuan have been largely improved and have surpassed the level before the quake, Wei said.
According to official statistics, in 2011, the total output value in the six hardest-hit cities and prefectures was almost double that of the pre-quake period, with urban per capita disposable income growing by 1.7 times and farmers' net income by 1.75 times.
Moreover, Sichuan Province has doubled its economy from 2007 to 2011 and its total amount hit 2 trillion yuan in 2011.
The province also imported 173 of the world's top 500 enterprises, attracting foreign investment of 11 billion US dollars, and the total volume of imports and exports grew by 54.8 percent in 2011.