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Report from China's Earthquake-hit Region
2008/05/23

 

          The 8.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Wenchuan County of southwest China's Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008 had claimed 34,073 lives and wounded more than 245,000 people as of May 19, with more than 50,000 people feared dead. The quake has severely affected an area of 65,000 square kilometers, home to more than 10 million people in 1,061 townships and 44 counties.

        Most roads leading to the epicenter were blocked because of quake-triggered landslides, collapses and mud-rock flows, adding much difficulty to the search and rescue efforts amid rainfalls and aftershocks. The Chinese government has dispatched 110 helicopters and 130,000 troops and armed police personnel to the quake-hit areas for disaster relief.

 

 

1. A mother cries for help for her child who is stranded in the debris at Hanwang Township of Mianzhu City, just 30 kilometers from the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)

 

2. This photo taken on May 13, 2008, shows the county seat of Beichuan County of southwest China's Sichuan Province after the devastating earthquake. With a population of 160, 000, Beichuan is one of the worst-hit areas during the quake. Three out of the six deputy heads of the county government were dead and the other three missing. Only four out of the total 160 medical staff at the county hospital survived. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

 

3. Rescuers search for survivors in the rubble in the quake-stricken Hanwang Town of Mianzhu City in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 14, 2008. (Xinhua/Li Mingfang)

 

4. A child is trapped in the collapsed building of Beichuan County Middle School waiting for rescue. More than 1,000 teachers and students of the school and children of the county kindergarten are still buried in debris, and the chance for their survival is very slim. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

 

5.Rescuers use large machinery to dig out survivors from debris in Beichuan County of Mianyang City, one of the areas hardest hit by the quake, on May 14, 2008. Most of the city's brick-concrete buildings collapsed and no city street could be passed. The quake-hit area badly needs large disaster relief equipment including crane, bulldozer and hoist. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

 

6. A rescue commando from the Henan Provincial Fire Brigade search through the crumbled buildings' debris for survivors, at Yinghua Town, Shifang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, after rushing to the quake-hit area in a more than 20-hour trip, on May 14, 2008. More than 30,000 people were missing or out of reach in Shifang City. The earthquake also destroyed two chemical plants in Yinhua Town and caused the leakage of 80 tons of ammonia, forcing more than 6, 000 people to evacuate. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli)

 

7. A student reaches out from the debris calling for help at Hanwang Township in Mianzhu City, just 30 km from the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. Many newly-built school buildings collapsed in the earthquake. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)

 

8.Soldiers carry the injured people to safe places in the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. The rainfall after the quake adds to the difficulty of the relief work. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

 

9. A nurse holds the hand of a stranded child and encourages him to hold on in the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

 

10.People carry a girl rescued from the rubble after more then ten hours' efforts in Hanwang Township of Mianzhu City, just 30 km from the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. Many newly-built school buildings collapsed and many students were trapped. (Xinhua/Li Xiaoguo)

 

11.Soldiers carry the injured people to safe places in the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. Beichuan County is badly damaged in the quake. The quake-triggered landslides, collapses and mud-rock flows, together with rainfalls and aftershocks, have made the rescue work more difficult. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)

 

12.Local people wait to be transferred to safe places in the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 13, 2008. The local transportation was largely paralyzed, causing a shortage of relief materials including tents, drinking water, food, clothes and quilts. (Xinhua/Li Gang)

 

13.This photo taken on May 13, 2008 shows the remains of students of the Beichuan County Middle School. The 8.0-magnitude earthquake has so far claimed more than 34,000 lives, with over 50,000 people feared dead.  (Xinhua/Li Gang)

 

14.Zhang Guanrong cleans the body of her husband Tan Qianqiu, a teacher from the Dongqi Middle School of Deyang City, on May 14, 2008. Tan sacrificed his life to save four of his students, sheltering them with his body underneath the teaching platform.  (Xinhua/Wang Jianhua)

 

15. A rescue commando from the Henan Provincial Fire Brigade prepare their life-detecting devices before starting to search through the crumbled buildings' debris for survivors, at Yinghua Town of Shifang City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 14, 2008. More than 30,000 people were missing or out of reach in Shifang City. The quake-hit area is in great need of experienced rescue staff and modern search and rescue instruments. (Xinhua/Zhang Xiaoli)

 

16. Rescuers transfer injured people in the epicenter of Wenchuan County on May 15, 2008. Most of the roads into the epicenter were blocked because of quake-triggered landslides, collapses and mud-rock flows, making the rescue work more difficult amid rainfalls and aftershocks. The Chinese government has dispatched 110 helicopters for disaster relief.   (Xinhua/Zhao Jianwei)

 

 

17. Soldiers from the Chinese People's Liberation Army unload and distribute relief materials with the help of local people after their arrival by helicopters at the quake-stricken Wenchuan County in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on May 14, 2008. Most of the roads into the epicenter were blocked because of quake-triggered landslides, collapses and mud-rock flows, making the rescue work more difficult amid rainfalls and aftershocks. The Chinese government has dispatched 110 helicopters and 130,000 troops and armed police personnel to the quake-hit areas for disaster relief. (Xinhua/Xu Zhuangzhi)

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