Moments of terror during Monday’s earthquake in western China were captured by an amateur cameraman. The pictures were taken near Chengdu in China’s Sichuan province, an area very popular with tourists.
Aerial pictures have revealed the sheer scale of the devastation. Some areas are still inaccessible. Military parachutists, along with aid packages, are being air dropped. More than 100,000 relief workers, including police and medical teams, are involved. In one town only 2,300 of the 10,000 residents could be confirmed alive.
Officially the number of dead is 15,000 but it is feared that will rise, with thousands believed trapped under debris.
In the town of Hanwang, desperate victims struggled to get their hands on scarce aid supplies.
One resident said she hadn’t eaten for three days and the river water was polluted.
In addition the Chinese government has warned nearly 400 dams were damaged. 2,000 soldiers have been sent to try to plug what has been described as dangerous cracks in one, upriver from the hard-hit Sichuan city of Dujiangyan.