Rescue Workers Work around the Clock for Disaster Relief
   2013-04-22 21:47:02    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Xing Yihang

 

As night descends on the quake affected areas, search and rescue crews are still working their ways into the more remote areas of the quake zone.

CRI's Zhang Qizhi has more.

Currently, about 22,000 rescue workers have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas.

Despite the continuing aftershocks, the teams continue trying to clear the roads in the worst-hit areas.

Workers such as Wang Dequan - a road construction worker have been working for days to clear the road.

"We have 50 workers, all traveled from Shimian. We have started working since 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon. We just keep on digging and digging, too many collapses on the road."

The road connecting Baoxing County and its main township, Linguan remained blocked on Monday due to landslides. Despite that, Qin Yunfang, a doctor from a local hospital in Yibin - that's a city 300 kilometers south of Ya'an, ended up walking to Linguan.

"We come from Yibin and are now heading to Baoxing. It is reported that there are over 60 people injured in Linguan. So I and my colleague want to get there first to see what we can do. "

Meanwhile, with cars unable to get through the blocked roads, local residents such as Lao Xie have been using his motorbike to offer lifts for rescue workers and volunteers.

"I think this is what I am supposed to do. I am also from the quake-hit area, and I am happy to provide help to others in need."

Dozens of people have confirmed dead in Baoxing County alone and another 2,500 were injured.

Power is partially restored in Baoxing on Wednesday and air forces are now ready to airdrop relief supplies to those blocked areas.

For CRI, I'm Qizhi.

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