Rescuers at China quake epicenter, digging by hand
Soldiers rushed to shore up a dam cracked by this week's powerful earthquake, and rescuers came by helicopter and ship Wednesday into the isolated epicenter but still were forced to dig for survivors with their bare hands.
|Soldiers evacuate earthquake survivors by helicopters at the Xuankou Township in the epicenter Wenchuan of southwest China's Sichuan province Wednesday, May 14, 2008. As help began to arrive in some of the hardest-to-reach areas, some victims trapped for more than two days under collapsed buildings were still being pulled out alive. The official death toll rose Wednesday to 14,866, Xinhua said, but it was not immediately clear if that number included the 7,700 reported dead in Yingxiu. In Sichuan province alone, another 25,788 people were buried and 1,405 were missing, provincial vice governor Li Chengyun said, according to Xinhua. (AP Photo/Color China Photo) |
China: Troops rush to plug dam cracks
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