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150 people rescued within 72 hours after Lushan quake


15:40, April 23, 2013

BEIJING, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Firefighters located 165 people, including 150 survivors, within 72 hours after a 7.0-magnitude quake hit southwest China on Saturday, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Tuesday.

The ministry's fire department said firefighters relocated 6,976 people to safety within the first 72 hours after the quake, the period dubbed the "golden time" for saving lives.

The provincial fire department deployed 2,150 firefighters, 450 fire trucks and six sniffer dogs to join rescue efforts after the quake jolted Lushan County, Sichuan Province, at 8:02 a.m. Saturday.

The fire department of the MPS also dispatched 224 firefighters, 46 fire trucks and five sniffer dogs from neighboring Chongqing Municipality to the quake-hit area.

Firefighters have built 1,151 tents for those affected by the earthquake and delivered 1,827 tonnes of water to them.

In another development, rescuers from the General Hospital of the People's Armed Police Force (PAPF) have set up a mobile hospital on the playground of a middle school in Shuangshi Township, as most of the injured people there are elderly and frail people who are vulnerable to poor sanitary conditions and various potential diseases.

With basic equipment and 200 types of drugs, nine medical experts in the 15-square-meter area of tents are treating villagers for trauma and upper respiratory infections, conducting physical exams and preventing the outbreak of any epidemics.

Touching moments:

Daily life of quake victims in Sichuan

High school students prepare for exam in tent

Rescuers struggling to reach every household

Soldiers bring hope to earthquake-hit region

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.

>>>Chinese Premier: Rescue every person

Premier Li Keqiang gives light of hope and confidence to quake victims as he leads rescue work, comforts survivors and asks for every home to be checked.

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