Chinese army special force forms frontline in floods (2)

22:16, August 20, 2010      

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In 2009, the Shenyang Military Area Command conducted an examination for the comprehensive construction of the engineer regiment, and finally gave such an evaluation: this regiment had been equipped with multiple abilities against flood, rescue and relief work including fixing the landslide, blasting and clearing in the water, setting up floating bridge, etc.

The commander of engineer regiment Wang Chaohui said:" Fighting against floods means a battle for us. The flood field is the battle field!"

Salvaging barrels of chemical raw materials.

Besides the enemy with gun, we must face a cruel enemy; that is flood.

"The mission of emergency troop against the floods tells us: besides the enemy with gun, we must face a cruel enemy; that is the flood." Guan Xudong began work in the engineer regiment after transferring from the political department of the military area command.

According to him, he was not familiar with the engineer regiment before that and had no idea of boat bridge work before he reported for duty. The mission and task shouldered by the engineer regiment requires him to become a primary student. He underwent a complete change in less than two years, from not knowing about the boat bridge work to mastering of it. He told the journalist: "our responsibility is to face the floods and fight them!"

The use of professional special force leads to high efficiency of fighting against floods and disaster relief.

During the fights against floods in Jilin, the engineer regiment successively dispatched 1460 persons, 60 transport vehicles, and 187 various boats, cover 2,000 kilometers of round trips, salvaged 400 pieces of raw chemical material barrels, saved and transferred 2700 people afflicted by the disaster. "If it happened ten years ago, the completion of such quantity of work would have required at least 5,000 people." said Gao Guanghui, commander of the army group.

The public is satisfied with such a troop. "Thank the liberation army. We are saved," gratitude from depth of the heart is passed many people who are saved from the disaster and this represents the heartfelt confirmation for groups of emergency troops against floods.

By People's Daily Online, August 20, 2010, translated and edited by Yan Meng

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