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Dramatic amateur pictures capture Beichuan horror

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Dramatic amateur pictures capture Beichuan horror


Latest pictures from Beichuan at the heart of the Sichuan earthquake were shot by an amateur, filming until his batteries were exhausted. They show people fleeing buildings shattered at drunken angles, the clouds of blinding dust thrown up by the initial collapse, and as it cleared, the shocked and unbelieving faces of hundreds of people in the street.

With no rescuers in sight, the film then shows the people of Beichuan rising to the challenge of saving what lives they can as best they can, with anything to hand. With the ground constantly moving beneath his feet the cameraman struggles to capture the moment when a town of 160 000 faced death, and fought to survive.

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