Quantcast


At least 186 are killed in Sichuan province. More than 11,000 hurt.

Last updated: April 21. 2013 11:48PM - 456 Views

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a local resident bicycles in front of collapsed houses after an earthquake struck in Lushan County, Ya'an City, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, April 20, 2013. A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday morning, leaving at least 160 people dead and more than 6,700 injured. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Xiaoming) NO SALES
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a local resident bicycles in front of collapsed houses after an earthquake struck in Lushan County, Ya'an City, in southwest China's Sichuan Province, Saturday, April 20, 2013. A powerful earthquake struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province Saturday morning, leaving at least 160 people dead and more than 6,700 injured. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jin Xiaoming) NO SALES
Story Tools:

Font Size:

Social Media:

LUSHAN, China — Luo Shiqiang sat near chunks of concrete, bricks and a ripped orange sofa and told how his grandfather was just returning from feeding chickens when their house collapsed and crushed him to death in this weekend’s powerful earthquake in southwestern China.


“We lost everything in such a short time,” the 20-year-old college student said Sunday. He said his cousin also was injured in the collapse, but that other members of his family were spared because they were out working in the fields of hard-hit Longmen village in Lushan county.


Saturday’s earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 186 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya’an city, along the same fault line where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring areas five years ago in one of China’s worst natural disasters.


The Lushan and Baoxing counties hardest-hit on Saturday had escaped the worst of the damage in the 2008 quake, and residents there said they benefited little from the region’s rebuilding after the disaster, with no special reinforcements made or new evacuation procedures introduced in their remote communities.


Luo said he wished more had been done to make his community’s buildings quake-resistant. “Maybe the country’s leaders really wanted to help us, but when it comes to the lower levels the officials don’t carry it out,” he said.


Relief teams flew in helicopters and dynamited through landslides Sunday to reach some of the most isolated communities, where rescuers in orange overalls led sniffer dogs through piles of brick, concrete and wood debris to search for survivors.


Many residents complained that although emergency teams were quick to carry away bodies and search for survivors, they had so far done little to distribute aid. “No water, no shelter,” read a hand-written sign held up by children on a roadside in Longmen.


Comments
All user comments are subject to our Terms of Service. Users may flag inappropriate comments.
comments powered by Disqus



Featured Businesses


Poll



Info Minute



Gas Prices

Wilkes-Barre Gas Prices provided by GasBuddy.com