At every natural disaster, China's soldiers stand in the forefront to tackle the catastrophe head on. They toil day and night, with little or no rest, to ensure that survivors are found, victims are relocated, and order is maintained. CCTV reporter Chen Guang takes a look at the faces behind the uniforms.
When his day is over, Wang Wei wanders around the debris.
It's been the a week since the mudslide hit, but his wife's body is still not been found.
Wang Wei, Armed Police officer, said, "According to Chinese tradition, seven days after my wife's death, I should burn some ceremonial paper money to commemorate her. But I have nothing left, not even a picture."
The day the disaster struck, Wang was on duty. He and his colleagues worked all night to locate a safe passage for rescuers to move into the county.
When he realized he missed his wife's final call, the harsh reality set in.
Wang Wei said, "As a husband, I owe my wife too much. When I see her messages, and the call I missed that night on my cell phone, I can't help but burst into tears."
Wang Wei's team of 50 soldiers joined the fight on August 8th.
Since then, his team has not returned to their base, which lies only half a kilometer away.
They have saved 36 people's lives, recovered 68 bodies, and transferred 126 people to safety.
Chen Guang, CCTV Reporter, said, "There are many like Wang Wei, who have lost their loved ones in the disaster. But when duty calls, they know they have to be tough. Because they are soldiers. "