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Grief and desperation cloud Chinese relief efforts

The Sydney News.Net
Thursday 15th May, 2008

Further aid and comfort has reached China's earthquake-devastated areas, after the 7.9 magnitude quake in southwestern Sichuan province spawned rumours of chemical spills and dam bursts.

The collective grief and desperation of thousands is also adding to the magnitude of the disaster.

The official death toll estimate from the quake stands at 14,866, but many more remain buried in towns that have been turned to rubble.

Three days after the quake hit, the chance of pulling survivors from the crushed buildings is becoming less likely with rescuers hampered by lack of specialised equipment.

The Chinese Government has launched an urgent appeal for thousands of pieces of earth-moving equipment to help the rescue efforts.

Officials say rescue workers are sifting through the debris and searching for survivors with their bare hands.

The Chinese Government has issued a list of more than 30 urgently needed items of equipment, including hammers, shovels and cranes.

China has now accepted an offer from Japan for a group of rescue personnel to join the earthquake relief effort in the Sichuan region.

While China previously turned down offers of foreign personnel to help with the earthquake rescue, it has now accepted an offer for 60 rescue specialists from Japan, along with sniffer dogs, to join the relief effort in Sichuan.

China has also welcomed an aid team from Taiwan that includes 30 volunteers, including doctors and medical personnel.

Premier Wen Jiabao has made emotional appeals from the disaster zone urging on workers and comforting orphaned children.

He has stood among tearful local residents to tell them: 'Your pain is our pain. Saving people's lives is the most important task.'

The quake, the worst to hit China since 1976, when up to 300,000 died, has drowned out news of the Beijing Olympic Games and the recent unrest in Tibet.

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kawahchan
05-15-08, 05:53 PM

Grief and desperation cloud Chinese relief efforts

Although there is no scientific proof, but may be because mainland’s Chinese people are using up too much the underground waters changing the underground’s stratum of earth causing the diastrophism, creviced structures and faults; look at Shanghai is sinking down one inch every year. Another fright is the Mid-East, Africa, Russia are sucking up the underground’s crude oils everyday; think about the earth’s underground’s crevices and diastrophism, really just like a waterbed movement, how could not causing serious earthquake like Sichuan Quake ? Let the expert-scientists to research and study more about the simulation.

waltky
05-15-08, 09:53 PM

Probably a conservative estimate...
:eek:
China says earthquake toll could top 50,000
Thurs., May. 15, 2008 - Government issues a rare public appeal for rescue equipment

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The death toll from China’s massive earthquake could reach more than 50,000, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, quoting rescue headquarters. Already some 20,000 are confirmed dead as a result of Monday’s 7.9 magnitude quake, and at least 12,300 people remained buried and another 102,100 were injured in Sichuan province, where the quake was centered, the vice governor told reporters.

China earlier issued a rare public appeal for rescue equipment as rescue workers broke through key roads to the epicenter in the race to find survivors. More than 72 hours after the quake rattled central China, rescuers appeared to shift from poring through downed buildings for survivors to the grim duty of searching for bodies � with 10 million directly affected by Monday�s temblor.

In Luoshui town � on the road to an industrial zone in Shifang city where two chemical plants collapsed, burying hundreds of people � troops used a mechanical shovel to dig a pit on a hilltop to bury the dead. Two bodies wrapped in white sheets lay near the pit.

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