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[I&A] 【整理】2008-05-16:'众志成城,抗震救灾'

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Dramatic video taken during China's massive earthquake monday has emerged. This was filmed by an amateur photographer visiting a mountain reserve near Chengdu. The dust is from rocks tumbling down the hillside and crumbling buildings nearby. He and his friends then hopped on their motorbikes and tried to drive through the quake-damaged town, finding roads blocked and people walking on the streets in a daze.

 

 Another video at Chengdu's main airport during the quake was shot by a correspondent from Japan's TV Tokyo. It shows a chaotic scene as people scrambled for exits. Chinese state media said on Wednesday that nearly 26,000 people are still buried in earthquake debris with another 14,000 missing after the massive earthquake that's struck Sichuan province. The figures are in addition to the official death toll of almost 15,000 announced earlier in the day. The scale of devastation was becoming clear as more rescuers made it on foot into the hardest hit areas, finding towns where 80% of the population fell victim to Monday's 7.9 magnitude quake.

 

 As help began to arrive in some of the hardest-to-reach areas, some victims trapped for more than two days under collapsed buildings were still being pulled out alive. In one rescue operation, rescuers found a girl whose legs were jammed in between two concrete walls. With the use of a life-detector device, they managed to find a way to get her out. A woman who was eight months pregnant was rescued on Wednesday after spending 50 hours trapped in her home in Dujiangyan city. The woman, covered in dust, but apparently not injured, was taken to an ambulance while onlookers cheered.In Beichuan, people gathered on Wednesday to identify bodies of relatives killed in the disaster and surveyed what remains of their homes.

 

Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao met officials in Mianyang to discuss rescue and recovery efforts. Mianyang, an industrial city of 700,000 people was turned into a thrown-in refugee camp with residents sleeping outdoors. The death toll from Mianyang city was confirmed at over 5,000 with more than 18,000 people there still thought to be buried under crushed buildings. Soon after news of the earthquake broke, Chinese organizations began setting up ways for people to donate money to the Red Cross and other agencies. "We want people to donate money in cash instead of clothing and medicine because of the traffic conditions in Sichuan. Medicine, water and thick clothing are among the most sought items from the region."

 

Rescuers walked through a steady rain as they search to wrecked towns across hilly stretches of Sichuan Province. Staff from the Jinjiang maternity hospital set up makeshift tents for newborns and their mothers in case more buildings collapse in aftershocks. "We are taking care of the new-born children, all their parents are absent. So we have to look after them. We have to feed them, we have to record symptoms of life".

 

By noon on Wednesday, military helicopters have begun dropping food and medicine to survivors. The government said it would welcome outside aid but assistance would be confined to money and supplies, not to foreign personnel due to transportation issues.

[ 本帖最后由 janezkk 于 2008-5-17 14:54 编辑 ]
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