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2nd anniversary for Wenchuan quake

05-12-2010 13:51 BJT

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The Wenchuan earthquake took 87,000 lives two years ago. Our reporter Feng Jinchao went to Beichuan County, one of the worse-affected regions, to see how things have changed in the last 24 months.

It is a land of misery. Two years ago, in this county, the earthquake killed 15-thousand people. It crumbled houses, destroyed the whole town, and changed everyone's world.

Now, mourners gather in the damaged town to pay tribute to their lost relatives. They pile flowers and burn candles and sticks of incense amid the smoke and crackle of exploding firecrackers.

He Yumei, earthquake survivor, Beichuan, said, "I lost most than 10 relatives in the quake, including my husband, my sisters and sister-in-law."

He Yumei cannot forget the horrifying moment. Suddenly, without warning, with a loud sound and a hard shake, houses turned to rubble and her relatives never came out. Now He Yumei lives with her parents-in-law, in a house rented in nearby Mianyang city. Speaking of her future, she seems uncertain.

He Yumei said, "I'm already 44. I don't know what to do. I think what I can do is take good care of old ones and children. I can't think of anything else."

He Yumei is one of the many that has sad stories to tell. For them, the past is what they want to forget, but is also what they want to remember.

20 kilometers away from Beichuan County, a new town has been built by the aid from Shandong Province. It is the resettlement for the Beichuan people, called Yongchang County. East China's Shandong Province, poured more than 700 million dollars into rebuilding this new county.

Sha Xiangdong, director of Aid-Beichuan Construction office,said, "This is the second project aided by our city. It could provide 44 buildings, 891 houses for the Beichuan people. We are constructing buildings under the principles of high quality and low cost. We plan to deliver the houses by the end of August."

The new town features all modern functions, such as a water supply plant, a hospital, a retirement home, and an elementary school. The town will be the new home for nearly 40-thousand Beichuan residents who lost their homes in the quake.

Construction worker Liu Fei said, "We build these houses under top quality requirements. As a worker from Shandong, I came to Beichuan and saw the horrible scene. I want to finish the construction quickly so the Beichuan people can move in as soon as possible."

The Beichuan people will be living in their new homes this year. It's a new beginning for these people. Although it is not easy for them to forget what they have encountered, as time goes by, finally the victims will rest in peace, and the survivors should embrace their new life.

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