Post-earthquake recovery and rescue operations should focus on helping
students who are planning to take the upcoming college entrance examination,
The earthquake, the largest in a decade, toppled or damaged most of the
houses in Ning'er County. And it came just three days before the national
college entrance examination, which is slated for June 7.
The three-day exam is widely considered a decisive moment in any student's
life, but especially for students from this impoverished county in Southwest
China's Yunnan Province.
In recognition of this situation, Kong Chuizhu, Yunnan's vice-governor, urged
rescue workers to create a stable environment for the 679 students from the
county who will sit for the exam on Thursday.
"They are the hopes of their families," he said.
Communications have been restored, and the power was turned on in parts of
the county by press time yesterday.
Kong called on rescue workers to set up temporary houses with adequate water
and electricity for the test-takers.
These shelters can house teachers at night, he said.
And with many residents still living in tents or out in the open, Kong
ordered health workers to watch out for cases of heat stroke and illnesses
caused by rotten food.
(China Daily 06/05/2007 page3)