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China on secondary disaster alert after quake


08:48, April 27, 2013

CHENGDU, April 26 (Xinhua) -- China is on high alert for secondary disasters like landslides in the quake-hit region in southwest China's Sichuan Province as the rainy season approaches.

The provincial government has put in place an emergency response plan against geological hazards. Currently more than 400 professionals are identifying risks in the affected areas, especially around temporary settlements.

Based on the hazard evaluation, they will formulate plans for early warning, evacuation and emergency rescue to prevent the loss of lives and property caused by secondary hazards.

Qian Jiangpeng, chief engineer of Sichuan Institute of Geological Engineering Investigation, discovered many rocks had fallen to the edges of cliffs and cracks were found on the ground.

"Those rocks and soil will be dangerous for people and buildings under the mountain in case of heavy rain or a strong aftershock," Qian told Xinhua on Friday.

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Lushan County, Ya'an City on Saturday morning and has claimed nearly 200 lives. Ya'an is nicknamed the "city of rain" with an annual precipitation of 1,800 mm.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 5,086 aftershocks had been recorded, including four between the magnitudes of 5.0 and 5.9, according to the provincial seismological bureau.

The top priority is to identify risks of landslides, mudslides and rolling rocks and prevent local residents from coming back to their dilapidated homes, said Sun Botao, director of the engineering mechanics institute under China Earthquake Administration.

Preventing geological disasters is crucial in the reconstruction work after the quake. Mass construction should be avoided in geologically active areas, said Sun.

Touching moments:

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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