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Chinese premier leaves for landslide-hit county in NW China

08-08-2010 13:12 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday left Beijing for landslide-hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Gansu Province.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during an urgent meeting on disaster relief of the landslide-hit Zhouqu County during the flight en route to the site, Aug. 8, 2010. Wen Jiabao Sunday left Beijing for landslide-hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Gansu Province.(Xinhua/Li Xueren)
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speaks during an urgent meeting on disaster relief of the
landslide-hit Zhouqu County during the flight en route to the site, Aug. 8, 2010.
Wen Jiabao Sunday left Beijing for landslide-hit Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Gansu Province.(Xinhua/Li Xueren)

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao have given clear instructions: Gansu Province and related departments must put people's lives first, sparing no efforts to save lives.

Guidance should be given to ensure those affected are kept from danger and efforts should be made to ensure that they can continue with their lives, they stressed.

While carrying out their work, rescuers must also be cognizant of the interests of people located "both at the upper and lower reaches and on both sides of the river" and deal with the barrier lake in a scientific way, they said.

Key infrastructure should be repaired quickly, especially roads, power and communication facilities, to ensure transportation of rescuers and relief materials, they said.

Soldiers and armed police should fully support rescue efforts, they said.

Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu also gave instructions.


At least 96 dead in rain-triggered landslides in NW China's Gansu Province

At least 96 people have been confirmed dead in landslides triggered by torrential rains in northwest China's Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Gansu Province, said local resuce headquarters. Full Story>>

Screen grab taken on Aug. 8, 2010 shows the flooded city zone of Zhouqu County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province. At least 65 people have been killed and hundreds of people are missing as of Sunday morning in rainstorm-triggered landslides which hit Zhouqu County.(Xinhua)
Screen grab taken on Aug. 8, 2010 shows the flooded city zone of Zhouqu County, 
Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northwest China's Gansu Province. At least 
65 people have been killed and hundreds of people are missing as of Sunday morning
in rainstorm-triggered landslides which hit Zhouqu County.(Xinhua)

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