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Trapped children rescued in Fujian

06-20-2010 09:16 BJT

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Friday's heavy rainfall in Fujian Province has caused a number of flash floods. A kindergarten and school in the city of Nanping were nearly submerged.

Meng Lingqi takes a look at the missions to rescue students trapped in the buildings.

Floods started to run off the mountains around Nanping early in the morning.

Local residents quickly began fleeing to safe areas. By early afternoon, the water level was knee-deep.

Some people then informed rescue workers of a kindergarten building by the roadside, in which a number of children might be trapped.

Rescuer, Nanping, said, "The building could be dangerous due to days of continuous rainfall. It's very dangerous for the children to stay there. We need to move them out."

When they arrived at the kindergarten, more than 50 kids were trapped on the second and third floors of the building.

Rescue efforts started on the second level.

Flood water was still pouring in, and the building could collapse at any moment.

Emergency workers put their helmets on the heads of the children, and wrapped them up in rain coats.

Half an hour later, all the youngsters had been moved to safety.

Meanwhile, a school not far away was also surrounded by flood water.

About 12-hundred primary and middle school students had been trapped since lunch time.

Dozens of rescuers made their way into the school, and relocated the stranded throng to a new building which sits at a higher elevation.

Tang Haibao, Armed Policeman, said, "We got inside the school to console the students and teachers first. Then bread, water, and other necessities were taken in."

The local government is working on a rescue plan.

Pei Jinjia, Nanping Mayor, said, "We've learned that, in the next three hours, the rain could get let up, and the water will retreat. We will then arrange for the students to evacuate."

But things might be more difficult than they think. Earlier attempts to evacuate the students through a mountain behind the school failed. It was getting dark, and bumpy road was too slippery.

Students had to spent the night on campus.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source:

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