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Disease prevention next in quake recovery (2)

By Xu Wei and Guo Anfei in Yiliang, Yunnan  (China Daily)

09:02, September 11, 2012

Fatigued rescuers nap on the ground in Yiliang, Yunnan province.(China Daily/ WEI XIAOHAO)

Tian and his soldiers had to deal with the smell of rotting dead fish, the pungent smell of germicides, and most dangerously, occasional falling rocks from the mountain next to the fish pond.

Despite the risks and difficulties, Chen Yingxiang, a soldier from Tian’s company, said he was lucky to join the rescue effort.

"If I do not come this time, I would probably regret it for the rest of my life," said Chen, who is retiring from military service in December.

"All soldiers crave glory and proof of self-worth. I would be proud if I can play my part in this disaster," he said.

Life at the epicenter

Despite the ongoing recovery efforts there were signs of life on Monday in areas surrounding the epicenter where the earthquake hit the hardest.

At Luozehe township in Yiliang, the electricity supply and cellphone connections have been resumed in the villages and streets that are easily accessible.

On Monday morning an estimated 1,000 local residents at the relocation site at the epicenter of the disaster area were given their first meal other than instant noodles since the earthquake struck. The meal was thanks in part to contributions of vegetables from local residents, many of whom who also volunteered as cooks.

"The government sent in rice and meat and the locals plucked the vegetables from their fields," said Zhao Guizhong, an official from the Luozehe township.

"We offered them subsidies, but they refused. They say this is not the right time to ask for money," said Zhao.

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