Nation mobilized in quake relief, volunteers hindered by Qinghai's high altitude

18:17, April 15, 2010      

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Officers and soldiers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army work in a rescue operation in the rubbles of destroyed houses in Yushu County, northwest China's Qinghai Province, April 14, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Shuisheng)

Wang Na, an employee with popular website Tianya, initiated a donation campaign online immediately after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck China's Qinghai Province early Wednesday.

"The quake-hit area urgently needs bottled water, instant noodles, cotton-padded quilts, clothes, tents, flashlights, anti-inflammatory drugs and other medicines," said the notice on Tianya which drew more than 600 responses from netizens within one day after its posting.

"Goods and materials can help quake victims in a more direct and effective way," Wang told Xinhua on Thursday, adding any goods donated will be sent to Qinghai by transport companies as soon as possible.

It is the second time Wang and her company have launched a quake relief campaign, which has been nicknamed "Tianya Love Express."

They managed to deliver more than 1,300 boxes of donated medicine, food and clothes after a 8.0-magnitude quake devastated parts of southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

As with the Sichuan quake, the whole nation has mobilized to help with relief work after the quake killed at least 617, injured 9,110 and left hundreds missing.

While rescuers and medical workers are racing against time to save lives in the quake-hit area, millions of netizens around the country hope to help with the relief effort in their own way.

Tens of thousands of netizens mourned the quake victims with postings and flowers in virtual mourning halls on several websites.

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