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Helicopters delivering aid to Qingping

08-19-2010 10:15 BJT

The landslide has basically cut off Southwest China's Qingping County from the rest of the world. The only way in or out is by air. And that's exactly what rescue crews have been doing, conducting food and water drops with helicopters.

This is the first helicopter that's been able to get into the disaster zone to deliver relief supplies to affected residents.

As the helicopter takes off, you can see just how dire the situation is.

Landslide debris has muddied this usually clear water of the local Mianyuan River.

This is Longmen Mountain where the landslide happened. It's destroyed vegetation, parts of the mountain and left mud paths.

After an hour in the air, Qingping comes into view. Debris on major roads have been cleared. stationed troops and villagers are waiting for the relief goods. In the following days, there will be more deliveries, all by helicopter.

Last Friday, more than 6 million cubic meters of mud engulfed Qingping county. But, thanks to the local government's forecast, all five and a half thousand residents were safely evacuated three days before.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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