Live report: 7.0-magnitude quake hits Sichuan
Updated: 2013-04-24 09:14
A total of 47,000 tents and 199,000 cotton quilts has arrived at areas hit by Saturday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province as of 9 am on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
Quake relief materials, including 10,000 items of clothing, 10,000 folding beds, 200 makeshift toilets, 100,000 candles and 900 emergency lamps have also reached the quake-affected zone in Ya'an City, said the ministry.
The quake-hit areas will receive more relief materials which have been dispatched from nine central disaster relief reserves in Hefei, Zhengzhou, Wuhan, Changsha, Chengdu, Nanning, Kunming, Xi'an and Lanzhou, the ministry said.
Wang Yanxia, born on the second day after the May 12 Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008, died on April 20 after she was hit on her head by falling wall in the Lushan earthquake , People's Daily reported.
The latest official figures reveal the quake has affected 2,310,486 people, killed 193, injured 12,221 and left 25 missing, according to a news conference held by the Sichuan provincial government
Yang Chengyi, deputy governor of Qingren town of quake-hit Lushan county, has been dismissed from his post due to “serious faults in responsibility and capabilities” during the rescue and relief work., according to Xinhua.
The highroads linking every town in Lushan county have all open this afternoon after 104 soldiers spent a grueling 50-hours clearing the last blocked path linking two towns in the epicenter of the earthquake.
Third grade students of Guozhang Middle School have resumed lessons today in makeshift classrooms after quake damaged Luyang twon, Lushan county, Western China Metropolis Daily reported. The first class of the day was about psychological recovery, provided by volunteers.
The central water supply system in Lushan and Baoxing counties and Yucheng District of Ya’an city has been declared safe, according to Ya’an's environmental bureau.
Two small teams from Singapore- based Mercy Relief have been deployed to China's quake-hit province in response to a direct request for help from provincial authorities, Xinhua reported.
More than 438 million yuan has been collected by 66 foundations for the victims of the earthquake in Sichuan province, according to the China Social Welfare Foundation.
No injuries or deaths of Taiwan compatriots have been reported in a 7.0-magnitude quake that hit the mainland's Sichuan Province on Saturday, said Fan Liqing, a spokeswoman for the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.
So far, no H7N9 avian flu in humans has been reported in the earthquake-hit area and no poultry in the area is infected, according to the National Health and Family Planning Commission. The ministry said China will strengthen monitoring of H7N9 bird flu in the area.
Carrying a stick and his clothes in tatters, a beggar donated a total of 1,003 yuan in small notes to the victims of the Sichuan earthquake during a fund raising event in Urumqi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on April 22. The poor man’s donation quickly became a hot topic on the Internet.
A total of 4,001 aftershocks have been recorded since the Lushan earthquake as of 8 am on April 24, with 668 aftershocks in last 24 hours, according to Xinhua.
New threats and hazards loom as rescue efforts entered a fifth day with rain predicted for this afternoon and evening in the quake zone, according to forecasts. Rain could hamper relief work and trigger landslides and possible outbreaks of disease.
More than 60 organizations have sent more than 10,000 people to quake-hit Baoxing county, as many as the county’s population, to help with quake relief work, according to Chinese Business View.
Some 393 high school students and 29 teachers arrived at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu city, capital of Sichuan province on April 23, to resume classes for the upcoming national college entrance examination, according to China Central Television. They are short of clothes and textbooks.
The Sichuan provincial government has allocated 1.5 billion yuan for earthquake relief work, according to Xinhua.
The birth of Chen Qirui in a makeshift medical tent cheers people in quake-hit Taiping township, Sichuan province, on Tuesday. Chen Cheng / Xinhua
Homeless quake survivors sleep in tents as the rain falls on quake-hit Baoxing county in Ya'an city of Southwest China's Sichuan province, April 23, 2013. [Photo/Xinhua]
Small to moderate amounts of rain will fall on quake-hit Lushan county in Ya'an city of Southwest China's Sichuan province on Tuesday and Wednesday, weather forecasters said.
Lushan will experience precipitation of 10 to 25 mm on Tuesday and Wednesday, said a statement posted on the website of the China Meteorological Administration on Tuesday.
The rain may trigger landslides and make roads more slippery, adding difficulties to rescue work, the statement said.
It warned that thunder and lightning may worsen the situation and affected people are advised to seek proper shelters from the elements.
Chinese PremierLi Keqiangexpressed his gratitude Tuesday for the international sympathy and aid China has received after the country suffered a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Lushan, Sichuan province.
Li said the earthquake has caused serious casualties and property losses, and the Chinese government has been engaged in rescue and relief work and made utmost efforts to save lives, treat the wounded and settle the affected people.
A total of 3,667 aftershocks since Saturday's 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Sichuan Province had been recorded as of 8 pm on Tuesday, the local earthquake administration said. An additional 1,131 aftershocks were newly monitored in the 24 hours from 8 pm Monday.
One had a magnitude between 4.0 and 4.9, and five with a magnitude between 3.0 and 3.9. Of the total aftershocks, 101 were monitored above 3.0-magnitude, including four between 5.0 and 5.9-magnitude. Twenty-one had a magnitude of between 4.0 and 4.9, according to the administration.
The top leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday called for national unity and courage to fight against the earthquake that jolted Southwest China's Sichuan province.