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Zhouqu survivors helped each other flee

08-15-2010 08:56 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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In one of the infirmaries for mudslide victims in the Lanzhou Military Area Command Hospital, Feng Yuxia and her mother and brother are being treated. They could have escaped unharmed, but they put others first.

Feng Yuxia, Survivor, said, "My mom didn't know whether it was a mudslide or flood. She just heard the sound and said, 'The flood water is coming. Let's go'. And I woke up and ran, without my shoes, in only my pants."

Feng Yuxia and her brother followed their mother, who led the way with the flashlight.

But when they passed the neighbors' homes, Feng's mother decided to warn those who were still asleep.

"We woke up some people and ran out, but the mudslide came and we were swept away." Feng Yuxia said.

Feng Yuxia's brother Yongqiang, a college sophomore, was back in Zhouqu for summer vacation.

Their father was at work. Yongqiang, the only man at home, saved his family, and the neighbors.

Feng Yongqiang, Feng Yuxia's brother, said, "We wouldn't have got hurt if we hadn't called them. We knocked on the doors and waited a bit. Just as we were about to leave, a mudslide blocked the road. And then another mudslide tore into the houses and all of us."

Feng Yongqiang and his mother say they would still warn the neighbors, even if there were no chance for them to escape.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV

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