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Chinese leaders have called for greater efforts to save lives in the mudslide-flattened county of Zhouqu in Northwest China's Gansu province.
President Hu Jintao chaired a top-level meeting on Tuesday, making further arrangements for relief and relocation in the disaster zone. The meeting said saving lives is still the top priority, and urged all-out efforts to search for survivors trapped by mud and debris.
It requires effective schemes and advanced facilities for the rescue work. And urgent efforts are ordered to drain barrier lakes formed by the mudslide, which threaten more lives in the disaster zone.
The meeting also addressed other key issues such as the prevention of secondary geological hazards and the spread of disease, as well as transporting those affected to safer areas.
Local authorities are asked to guarantee people's food and drinking water, and provide them with sufficient medical services. The meeting also required local authorities to transport badly injured people to other regions for better medical treatment.
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