13 years on: Wenchuan earthquake survivors embrace new lives

By Ma Chi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2021-05-12 16:18
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On May 12, 2008, a devastating earthquake hit Wenchuan in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

In the 13 years since, some of the survivors have risen from adversity and started brand new lives. Let's see their stories.

Left: Jiang Yuhang is rescued during the Wenchuan Earthquake in May 2008. Right: Jiang now works at the southeastern fire brigade in Kaili, Guizhou province. [Photos provided to China Daily]

From earthquake victim to lifesaver

On May 12, 2008, 20-year-old Jiang Yuhang was buried in ruins during the Wenchuan Earthquake. After being trapped for 125 hours, Jiang was rescued by firefighters from Shanghai.

"It was the firefighters who gave me a second life. So, I was eager to become one of them," he said.

At the end of 2018, his wish came true and he became a firefighter, joining the same team that saved his life.

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