Amid the death and the destruction there has been a small miracle – a pregnant woman trapped in ruins for three days has been rescued alive in Sichuan province’s Dujiangyan city.
The death toll from China’s strongest earthquake in more than half a century has risen to almost 15,000 as relief workers try to reach 25,000 people trapped under debris.
About 100,000 would-be rescuers, including soldiers, police and medical teams, are working in the affected areas . It has been reported that they have reached the epicentre in Wenchuan County, but in the first the township that the soldiers reached, Yingxiu, only 2,300 of 10,000 residents could be confirmed alive.
Prime Minister Wen Jiabao is continuing to oversee the situation and has mobilised thousands more troops to the hardest hit areas.
Military helicopters have been dropping food and medicines to those who are still cut off in remote mountain villages behind roads clogged by landslides.
And day by day heart breaking stories emerge.
One collapsed school has buried over 900 pupils virtually wiping out a whole generation for one town.