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Congo and China sign deals to reconstruct parts of Brazzaville

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo -- Congo and China on Tuesday signed accords worth 975 million euros as part of a project to rebuild parts of the capital Brazzaville devastated by a deadly munitions depot blast in early March.

The 975-million-euro (US$1.225 billion) deals were sealed on the second day of a three-day visit by China's Vice Premier Hui Liangyu. Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso signed for his country, an official statement said.

Most of the money will go to rebuilding after the March 4 explosions at a munitions depot in the Mpila quarter in the east of the capital, which killed nearly 300 people, injured more than 2,300 and left 17,000 homeless.

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