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Military units stationed in Sichuan in vanguard of disaster-relief

(China Military Online)

09:44, April 22, 2013

BEIJING,April 21(ChinaMil)--The Chinese armed forces have rushed to the quake-hit areas immediately after the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya'an City in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 8:02 a.m. on April 20, 2013.

The Sichuan Provincial Military Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has organized 5,000-odd officers and men including militia and reserve personnel to rush to the quake-hit areas to carry out rescue and relief missions. Meanwhile, the Chengdu Garrison Command has sent unmanned reconnaissance aerial vehicle (URAV) to investigate the disaster situation.

Nearly 1000 officers and men of an artillery regiment under the 13th Group Army of the PLA and 200-odd officers and men from the Sichuan-Tibet Military Depot Department have rushed to the Lushan County of Ya'an City to conduct rescue and relief work respectively.

With professional rescue tools and 4 search and rescue dogs, a rescue team composed of 57 officers and men from an engineer regiment of the 14th group army of the PLA has arrived at the Qionglai airport at 15:40 and maneuvered to the earthquake epicenter.

Ten minutes after the earthquake hit Lushan County of Ya'an City, 300-odd officers and men of the first detachment and the Ya’an detachment of the Sichuan contingent of the Chinese People’s Armed Police Force (APF) began to conduct on-site rescue. 20 minutes after the earthquake, 2000-odd APF officers and men began to head for the quake-hit areas from Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province.

The APF officers and men have now rescued 23 people from the rubble, treated 670 injured people, transferred 130-odd tons of disaster-relief materials and transported 10,000-odd meters of communication cables.

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