Scared residents camp out in open in Jiangxi
By Fu Jing (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-11-28 05:34
Hundreds of people were being treated in makeshift hospitals and thousands
were sleeping in tents yesterday in East China's Jiangxi Province after
Saturday's earthquake which killed at least 15.
Ministry of Civil Affairs said yesterday that seven teams have been dispatched
to the worst-hit areas with food, water and tents for the thousands of the
affected while supplies were also being rushed from neighbouring Anhui and Hubei
provinces which also felt tremors.
Accompanied by her husband, Gui Guijiao, a
Ruichang resident who is injured in an earthquake, receives treatment in
Ruichang People's Hospital in Ruichang City, east China's Jiangxi
Province, Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005. [AP]
The epicentre of the earthquake was in the region between Jiujiang, a
well-known summer resort on the middle reaches of the Yangtze River, and
Ruichang, both in Jiangxi Province, at 8:49 am on Saturday, the China National
Seismic Observation Network said.
The ministry said as of 2 pm yesterday, the quake had left at least 16 people
dead and more than 8,000 injured, 20 of them in critical condition, in Jiangxi
and neighbouring provinces. Several aftershocks were reported.
In Jiangxi and over 600,000 residents have been moved to safety. About
150,000 houses were destroyed.
In neighbouring Hubei Province, one was killed; and of the 87 injured, 78
were students. More than 7,500 were evacuated to safety.
In Anhui Province, 32 houses were destroyed and there was no report of