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Survivors of Chinese quake endure freezing night

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Survivors of Chinese quake endure freezing night


It has been a difficult night for survivors of yesterday’s powerful earthquake which struck China’s remote Qinghai Province.
Many have spent it out in the open enduring freezing temperatures and aftershocks.

China’s vice premier has been sent to the scene to coordinate the relief effort but the destruction caused by the 6.9 quake has been widespread.

The number of people confirmed dead has risen to nearly 600. Many more are still buried beneath the rubble while at least 10,000 are reported injured.

The remoteness of the area meant getting heavy lifting equipment in to help in the search and rescue operation has been difficult. For a while, bare hands and pick axes were the only tools

Relief flights carrying troops, medical workers and supplies have been landing in Yushu airport, but the road to the town of 70,000 people has been blocked by a landslide.

The priority is to find survivors and then to keep them alive with shelter and medicines.

China’s leadership has ordered that no effort be spared in the mission to save lives.

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