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Volunteers in mudslide-hit Zhouqu county

08-12-2010 13:57 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Despite all the tragedy that has engulfed Zhouqu county, many survivors are putting aside their emotions, to lend a helping hand. Men and women, young and old, are volunteering in rescue operations.

Wang Mingchang used to be a pedicab driver, but he is now a rescue worker.

Wang and his family, who live on higher ground, escaped the devastating mudslide that blanketed the county on Saturday.

But Wang knows that thousands of others weren't as lucky.

Wang Mingchang, Zhouqu resident, said, "We borrowed all this stuff, house by house. We used iron wire to tie up the lath, making it a life raft. So we can go to the flooded buildings to rescue stranded people."

Qingfeng Hotel located on a main street in Zhouqu county, is submerged by flood water.

One day after the catastrophe occurred, Wang Mingchang and several other villagers rushed to rescue the stranded people.

Wang said, "The raft can only deliver two people at a time. The raft is small. It will sink if it takes too many people."

Wang and his rescue team have to swim in the flood water, as they push the raft. The evacuation took dozens of trips, back and forth.

Luckily, they were joined by other survivors.

He said, "Obviously, we can not afford to continue transferring people. But we can take turns."

Shortly after Wang Mingchang and fellow survivors rescued more than 30 people out of a flood-hit building, PLA soldiers arrived.

More than 70 people were evacuated on Sunday.

Wang Mingchang is still working at the worst-hit area in Zhouqu. But he is not the only volunteer offering help.

12-year-old, He Jie escaped from a collapsed house on that tragic night, holding her little brother.

Two days later, she became a volunteer at the rescue headquarters.

He Jie, student of Zhouqu county, said, "My dad and mom are both laid-off workers. Many died in this mudslide, but we survived. We want to help people when we can. Maybe it's not enough for the whole situation, but we can at least help them a little."

He Jie's father and mother are also volunteering. They said people from around the country had joined them in the devastated county, offering to help. Many have come with little more than their bare hands.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.cn

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