Rescue & Relief Work Reaches Remote Quake-hit Villages
   2013-04-22 13:54:42      Web Editor: Liu Ranran


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188 people have been confirmed dead, with over 25 missing, and nearly 12,000 others injured,following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Sichuan over the weekend.

Rescuers have gained access to some of the remote villages in the country's South-West now. However, they continue to be hampered by damaged roads and rain.

CRI's Shen Chengcheng reports.

Rescue workers have managed to restore 70 percent of electricity for the more than 180-thousand households whose power has been cut following the quake.

Truck loads of aid supplies are also traveling to the quake hit areas in Lushan County.

Jiang Ling is a reporter with Chengdu TV of Sichuan province.

She speaks about the relief efforts at the second night after the quake in Lushan.

"The major changes tonight compared to the night before is that every road lights have come back on at this cross road we are at right now. Whereas yesterday only 4 of them were on. At the same time, more trucks are arriving tonight with bottled water, food and quilts. Lastly, more tents are being handed out tonight as well. "

However, residents in some isolated mountain areas are still waiting to be rescued, due to badly damaged roads.

"Now we don't have drinking water or power. What we can do is wait for the government to come and help us out."

Rescuers have been traveling on foot into some of the isolated regions such as Baoxing County.

On top of this, an influx of volunteers to the quake hit regions have created long traffic queues, which have prevented rescue teams and aid supplies to get in.

It's being reported that quake victims are in need of daily necessities, and drinking water in the quake hit region can only last for 3 days.

Reporter Jiang Ling from Chengdu TV.

"Rains are being forecast in the coming days, so I think apart from tents, warm clothes will be useful for the victims. Meantime, despite a restoration of the electricity, there is no lighting in the tents, so hand held flashlights should be helpful."

Meantime, experts are warning about some of the secondary disasters during the rescue efforts.

Li Zhigang is with the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation.

"Over 200 landslides have occurred in the quake hit area. As a result, some 57 parts of the local roads have been damaged."

More than 1,000 aftershocks have hit the region following Saturday's quake, the largest of which was magnitude 5.9.

The magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya'an City in Sichuan Province at two minutes past eight Saturday morning.

Experts say Saturday's quake is less devastating than the 8.0-magnitude Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008 left 87,000 people dead or missing.




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