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Rescuers reach all quake-hit SW China villages(05/20/08)

Special report: Strong Earthquake Jolts SW China

Rescuers search for buried people at the rubble in the quake-devastated Beichuan County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 18, 2008. A survivor named Tang Xiong was saved from the rubble on May 18, 139 hours after being buried. (Xinhua Photo)
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    BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers had reached all the 1,044 quake-hit villages that are under 134 townships in southwestern Sichuan Province by Tuesday evening, according to a military source.

    Soldiers and armed police are still trying to rescue survivors from the debris and bring food and water to villages that have been isolated since the earthquake, the source said.

    At a meeting on Monday afternoon, Premier Wen Jiabao asked the armed force to reach victims in every quake-hit village within 24 hours.

    The rescuers will carry a certain amount of food and water and the army will keep air-dropping necessities to remote villages amid deep mountains, said Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, who was overseeing rescue work at Yinghua township, Shifang city, Sichuan Province.

    Medical workers will arrive at villages together, he said.

    The armed forces will also set up mobile field kitchens at large-scale temporary shelters to provide hot meals to residents, Guo added.

Premier orders troops into all quake villages

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao presides over the 10th meeting of the general headquarters of quake relief under the State Council in Beijing, capital of China, May 19, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
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   BEIJING, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao on Monday ordered troops to expand the coverage of their quake rescue work and reach all affected villages within 24 hours.

    He also ordered stepped-up epidemic prevention work and the proper handling of the quake aftermath. Full story

China earthquake death toll rises to 40,075

    BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from last week's devastating earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan Province was 40,075 nationwide as of 6 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Information Office of the State Council. Full story

China's quake area finds 124 orphans, bereaved elderly

    BEIJING, May 20 (Xinhua) -- As of Tuesday, 124 orphans, elderly and handicapped people who lost their families during Sichuan's devastating earthquake have been identified, a vice minister of civil affairs said here on Tuesday. Full story


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