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Rescuers have reopened key roads leading to areas hit by mud-slides in southwest China's Sichuan Province. Local officials, call the progress an important step in speeding up rescue and relief efforts.
Traffic resumed on a highway linking Yingxiu Town to Wenchuan County on Sunday afternoon. Emergency crews have worked for nine days straight clearing away sludge and debris from the mudslides. However, after days under rainwater, the road is still not stable.
Local authorities, are controlling the weight of vehicles using the road. Meanwhile, rebuilding work has been completed on a highway leading to Qingping Town in Mian-zhu City, also hit by a mudslide. Large quantities of supplies are expected to reach Qingping through this route.
|Cranes remove barriers to speed up flood discharge in landslide-hit Mianzhu City, |
southwest China's Sichuan Province, Aug. 21, 2010. Rescuers have resumed the
road and waterway on Saturday to send the relief supplies to isolated local
residents stranded in the mountains after heavy rain triggered mudslides in
Mianzhu on Aug. 13. (Xinhua)