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Chinese friends walk near their tent in a muddy refugee camp after rains soaked the area where thousands live in Mianzhu, Sichuan province, China. Tented camps are everywhere as the Chinese government focuses on temporary housing for the 5 million people affected by the earthquake. Caring for tens of thousands of people made homeless across the disaster zone have stretched thin the government's resources. More than 69,000 people are now known to have died in the quake and Chinese aid workers are struggling to find shelter for millions who lost their homes in China's worst quake in three decades. By Paula Bronstein/Getty Images.

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