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Rescue continues after landslide in Zhouqu County, Gansu

08-10-2010 08:20 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Ever since the landslide, thousands of rescue workers have been digging through mud and debris using little more than shovels. Sometimes they've had to resort to using their bare hands, in a frantic search for the missing. At the same time, medical treatment for the injured is also being carried out around the clock to save as many as possible.

Rescuers searching for survivors in a mudslide-flattened northwest China county were spurred on Monday when a 74-year-old woman was pulled alive from the rubble.

The woman was rescued from a half-destroyed building 34 hours after the massive mudslide swept through the county.

The mass of mud and rocks buried at least 300 low-rise homes, while images showed multi-story concrete buildings toppled or with huge chunks gouged out.

Many of the people who had escaped the mudslide were woken up in panic when it hit.

A survivor Yang Changli said, "The sound was very frightening. Flood water suddenly came in. It was nearly midnight, and we were all asleep. Then flood water rushed in, I jumped out of the window to escape."

Some are finding it difficult to come to terms with the disaster that struck their town of 40,000 residents.

Another survivor Wei Quanhong said, "So many people were killed. I don't know what to say after seeing these tragic scenes."

Local hospitals in Zhouqu county are filled beyond capacity with the wounded. Some of them have been severely injured.

The 23-three-year man was soon operated on. The disaster relief command adopted the rescue methods during the Yushu earthquake in April this year, transferring more than 30 badly wounded to Lanzhou, the provincial capital of Gansu for treatment.

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source:

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