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President urges prevention against secondary disasters after quake


20:48, April 25, 2013

BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping has urged all-out efforts to prevent fresh casualties caused by secondary disasters like landslides after a major quake hit southwest China's Sichuan Province Saturday.

Local authorities should immediately assess the possible damage from "secondary geological hazards," especially taking full consideration of the possibility that strong aftershocks and rainfalls could aggravate secondary disasters, Xi said in an instruction on April 22.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Sichuan's Lushan has left 196 dead and 21 missing as of Wednesday. Secondary geological hazards include landslides, cave-ins and mudslides.

Xi said special efforts should be organized to carefully identify risks in key areas and formulate plans for early warning, evacuation and emergency rescue, in order to prevent the loss of lives and property caused by secondary hazards.

At a meeting held by the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee on April 23, Xi, also general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, again urged all-out efforts to prevent secondary geological disasters.

"I'm especially worried about geological hazards such as cave-ins and landslides, as the region could suffer from frequent aftershocks and wet weather after the strong quake," Xi said at the meeting.

Local authorities should strengthen monitoring and prevention and guide people to avoid dangers, he added.

In response to Xi's instructions, local governments working with relevant departments have released information on possible locations of geological disasters to quake survivors via TV, radio, newspaper and the Internet.

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Daily life of quake victims in Sichuan

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First night after deadly earthquake

Rescuers work hard at quake-hit area in Sichuan

>>>Quake-hit China grows in pain

The principle of sparing no efforts to save lives cannot be more stressed. No minute or even second should be delayed during the "golden rescue period" in the first 72 hours after the quake.

>>>Pilot cancels wedding to participate in quake relief

When the 7.0-magnitude quake happened, Zhang Shangnian, a pilot from an aviation brigade of Chengdu Military Region, was about to hold his wedding.

>>>Nurse returns to work after losing mother

Just likes other medical staff, she was busy with rescuing people injured in the earthquake in SW China, but no one knew her mother just died in the quake.

>>>Wedding ceremony without bridegroom held on schedule

Zhuo Jia, the bridegroom, is a solider of the Chengdu Military Region; he had to leave his beautiful bride behind to participate in earthquake relief.

>>>An injured girl's smile moves many

"Your smile makes the entire world beautiful,” a photo of a smiling girl with bandage on her head has moved so many Chinese netizens.

>>>Teenager saves mom with his bare hands

The mother moves away a precast slab weighing over 50 kilograms alone to save her son in the earthquake. She said she did not know where her strength came from.

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