Chinese premier Wen Jiabao has seen for himself the devastation after massive mudslides in the north west of China. At least 127 people have died and nearly 1300 are still missing. During a tour of the disaster zone, Wen spoke to one man still trapped in the rubble.
‘‘My fellow man, hang in there, we are saving you now,’‘ he said.
China’s prime minister has insisted no effort will be spared to help victims after the torrent of sludge and floodwater swept through the town of Zhouqu, in the remote Tibetan region of Gansu province.
Engineers have been blasting a barrier of rocks to drain an unstable lake that has formed up stream with fears it could send another wave of mud crashing down.
Chinese State TV showed troops frantically digging through the debris managing to pull out a woman from her flattened home. However, the chances of finding more survivors diminishes by the hour.
Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from the region with more torrential rain forecast.