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China mourns quake dead, draws lessons


18:47, April 27, 2013

LUSHAN, April 27 (Xinhua) -- When horns and sirens began to wail Saturday morning, Gao Yongqiong had hallucinations again and heard her little daughter's voice.

"She said 'Hug me, mum'," said the distraught Gao.

The words and voice have resounded in her head ever since the girl, Wang Yanxia, was killed in the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that shook their hometown in Lushan County of Ya'an, a city in southwest China's Sichuan Province, on April 20.

Wang was knocked down by a falling wall and died three weeks before her fifth birthday.

She was born on May 13, 2008, the day after the devastating Wenchuan earthquake that jolted the same province. Her birth was a blessing for her quake-hit family and prompted rescuers and fellow villagers at the time to keep going.

"She was destined to be born and die at times of earthquakes," said her father, Wang Hongwu.

Now the girl rests in peace on a hill near her home in Liming village of Luyang township.

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>>>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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