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Over 13,000 troops deployed for China quake relief


20:52, April 25, 2013

BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhua) -- More than 13,000 Chinese soldiers have been deployed for rescue and disaster relief since a 7.0-magnitude quake struck southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday morning, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Yang Yujun told a press conference that the the People's Liberation Army (PLA) have also mobilized over 5,900 militia staff for quake relief, using 17 fixed-wing planes, 45 helicopters, 1,071 motor vehicles and machines.

Having covered all the places in the quake zone, PLA troops have searched and rescued 144 people, treated over 21,000 and performed 129 surgical operations.

In addition, troops have transferred more than 46,000 people away from dangerous areas, and provided 11,000 sets of hot food. They have also built more then 14,000 tents, restored over 300 km of road, and disinfected a combined area of 175,000 square meters since the quake.

The troops have sent over 10,000 tonnes of relief materials to quake-hit areas, with 13 tonnes being airdropped.

Yang added that the PLA will continue to carry out quake relief missions by further rescuing people and treating the injured, assisting the relocation of quake victims, assessing the disaster situation, clearing roads, and strengthening epidemic control work.

At the press conference, Yang also welcomed journalists from Taiwan, as it was the first time that journalists from the island have been allowed to attend the press briefings organized by the mainland's military.

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.

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