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The mudslide in Zhouqu County has destroyed tens of thousands of homes. So far, 20-thousand people have been resettled. But this program will be a long-term task, as entire sections of the affected area need to be rebuilt.
These were once homes, but now they sit under a plain of mud.
Those who were lucky enough to survive the devastating disaster are now resettled in tents set up by the army.
"This is a tent at the settlement location. It's very simple, with just two beds and quilts. But it can provide basic accommodation for homeless people. It can protect them from the rain and cold from outside. But we can see the ground gets a little messy because of heavy rain last night."
Mr. Zhang is 78 years old. He says it's the worst disaster in his life. He was carried out by his son before the mud engulfed his home. Everything has been buried, including some of his loved ones.
He is now living with 10 other relatives under one tent. Food and water is in short supply. Medical staff are sterilizing the location 4 to 6 times a day to prevent an epidemic outbreak. The conditions are getting better, last night, electricity was provided to the temporary shelters.
But the livings conditions are basic. There are no personal belongings. Most survivors had no time to pack their possessions, escaping only with the clothes on their back. This watch is now the only thing that Zhang has kept. But he has something more important the courage to live on.
Zhang Wenyan, Zhouqu County Resident, said, "Life will be hard. But I believe I can overcome those difficulties."
Many affected people have joined the clean up work, clearing debris. Yang Xiuju just found the remains of two relatives yesterday. Despite being hit by the harsh reality, she showed great courage, and continued to search for survivors.
Yang Qiuju, Zhouqu County Resident, said, "We know we have to be brave. I should rebuild our homes, and let children continue to go to school."
Rebuilding homes is the biggest wish of these affected people. The government has so far resettled 20 thousand residents. An all around reconstruction plan will be carried out soon.
"They used to have a home, but now buried under stories of mud and debris. The disaster has taken too many things away from them. But life will continue. According to the government plan, their new homes are expected to be rebuilt no later than June next year. GX, CCTV, Zhouqu County."