Life in Ya'an One Week on
    2013-04-26 13:17:59         Web Editor: Luo Dan


It's almost a week after the earthquake hit Ya'an in southwest China's Sichuan.

Wang Wei takes a closer look at the life there.

Walking into one of the local houses, you can see huge cracks on all sides of walls, and steel bars bulging out from inside. Tiles and lights on ceilings have fallen down and broken into pieces.

The house belongs to Zhang Cheng, he says he remembers vividly when the quake struck, and it's not a pleasant memory.

"It was horrifying when the quake struck. I saw the house swaying from one side to the other. There was this wave coming through the house from this side, the floor looked like sea waves. It push the house to the other side, and it just couldn't come back as what it was. It was horrible! "

Zhang Cheng's neighbor says she was so scared at that time that she couldn't stand up.

"I heard this huge booming sound, so I ran out of the house, and collapsed in the yard holding my head in my arms and started crying out loud. My husband had to pick me up and carry me away. My legs felt like jelly. "

Zhang and his neighbors say that they are very sensitive to loud sounds now, sometimes even a truck honk at night will jangle their nerves and they instinctively jump to the ground from their beds.

Despite the worries, you can also feel a kind of bitter optimism at the site. Yang's mother says they can get free instant noodles and half a kilogram of rice everyday from service stops on street. And soldiers from nearby camps would often give them some vegetables and meat buns. And with water supply came back on recently, she says she's content with the situation now.

"Now with the water, at least we can help wipe clean each other everyday. Compared with other counties with no water, I'm satisfied with what we have now."

Many of the villagers here didn't have a stable job before the earthquake. The average net income per family per year is only two to three thousand yuan, so losing their house means they've lost everything. They don't dare to look into the future, and they say all they want now is to move into a temporary boarding house as soon as possible.

"Rebuilding after a disaster is a long process. It's not going to happen in a day. However, we hope that at least we can move into temporary boarding houses as soon as possible."

For CRI, I'm Wang Wei.

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