BEIJING, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Senior Chinese leaders on Tuesday called for greater efforts to save lives and property in the mudslide-flattened county of Zhouqu in northwestern China's Gansu Province.
Authorities must make scientific arrangements, take more forceful measures and make the most of every second to save those trapped, said a statement issued after a meeting of members of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee Political Bureau.
The meeting was presided over by CPC Central Committee General Secretary Hu Jintao.
Acknowledging the progress rescuers had made, the statement urged authorities to double their efforts in searching for survivors, draining mudslide-formed barrier lakes, and clearing sludge.
They should guard against secondary geological hazards, transport people affected to safe areas, and provide them with sufficient shelter, food, drinking water, and medical services.
People badly injured in the disaster should be transported to better equipped regions for treatment, the statement said.
Disease prevention work in the area must be strengthened.