Rescue teams in China are racing against the clock to find survivors. Around 300 people are still missing in the wake of Wednesday’s powerful earthquake. It has claimed more than 600 lives, injured 10,000 people and destroyed 11 schools.
A massive aid effort is already underway but has been hindered by the remote location. Specialised equipment has begun arriving in the remote Yushu province, a remote mountainous region bordering Tibet which is located 4,000 metres above sea level.
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has already visited the stricken region to reassure shocked inhabitants that the search will continue as long as there is hope. Meanwhile the President has cut short a trip to Brazil. Chinese authorities say around 15,000 homes have been wiped out.