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Relief efforts underway in Zhouqu

08-17-2010 19:41 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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Authorities are warning that more disasters could hit Zhouqu county, following last week's mudslides that killed more than 1,200 people. 490 people are still missing.

The county is expecting more torrential rain in the coming days. The focus of relief work is shifting from rescue to resettling survivors, clearing debris, and restoring life to normal.

Clearing debris is one of the most important tasks...

Since last Friday, soldiers and officers from the Lanzhou Military Area Command have been clearing the roads along Zhouqu's two main streets.

The 500-meter-long, 8-meter-wide street was buried by 1 meter of debris. The road is the only link to the hardest-hit area. After 5 days of hard work, 13,000 cubic meters of debris was cleared. Traffic has resumed.

Large quantities of relief supplies are now reaching the hardest hit villages.

Resettling survivors is another main task. Despite the hard times, affected residents are thankful for the help they have received.

Survivor said, "We live with our relatives. We have enough food. We don't worry about the rain."

Survivor said, "Life is OK. We have enough food. Today milk powder was provided to us."

Meanwhile, rescue teams are helping victims get back on their feet. Many stores, vegetable markets in the county have re-opened. And the county's postal services, and telecommunication are also nearly back on line. Life is slowly returning to normal.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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