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How residents survived a landslide

08-17-2010 08:21 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Nine people have been killed by a landslide in Qingping Village, Sichuan Province. Survivors have been evacuated to higher ground. Here's what some of them had to say recalling the moment the disaster struck.

The 6-million cubic meter landslide was triggered by two hours of torrential rainfall in the valley.

Residents in the Qingping woke up to authorities pleading with them to evacuate immediately.

Many got out just in time.

Qingping resident Yang Congyu said, "I crawled out when I heard people shout `Come out soon! The flood is coming!` If it wasn't for them yelling, I could have died inside there."

Qingping Village received warnings three days before the disaster. Local authorities informed every family to prepare to evacuate at a moment's notice.

Chen Tao, official of Qingping Village Authority, said, "We planned to carry out the emergency counterplan if the rainfall was significant. Police cars were sent out to tell residents to run to higher locations."

Local policeman Han Shunjun was on patrol the night the landslide struck.

He was doing the round checking to make sure everyone had left the village.

After sending 2 senior residents to safety, Han soon found himself submerged in mud.

Policeman Hanshunjun said, "The mudslide came when I got back to the car. The mud rose to the window on my left side, so I turned off the car engine and jumped out of the window on the right. Then I found the mudslide was submerged up to my waist."

Han says he made every effort to get to higher ground. His car was destroyed.

Thankfully, most of 5,000 villagers managed to make it to safety before the disaster happened.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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