News / Asia

    Rains Hamper Quake Rescue Efforts in Southern China

    • Rescuers and residents search for survivors after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province, China Aug. 4, 2014. 
    • A man walks among the collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014.
    • Rescuers bow to pay tribute to residents who were killed during an earthquake in Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. 
    • An injured woman walks with her relatives after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. 
    • A car smashed by debris after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township, Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. 
    • Rescuers search for survivors among the collapsed buildings after an earthquake hit Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. 
    • Paramilitary policemen carry an injured resident with a makeshift stretcher after an earthquake hit Longtoushan township of Ludian county, Yunnan province, Aug. 4, 2014. 

    Rescue workers in southern China are battling heavy rain as they try to reach survivors from Sunday’s earthquake that killed at least 398 people and injured 1800 others. The magnitude 6.1 quake was the strongest in more than a decade in Yunnan province.

    Rescue workers in Yunnan’s Ludian county, continued looking for survivors on Monday after the earthquake hit the largely rural area on Sunday.

    Officials say many people are still missing, but rescue operations are hindered by heavy rains and landslides which have blocked access to some of the affected areas.

    Click to enlargeClick to enlarge
    x
    Click to enlarge
    Click to enlarge

    The weather conditions forced emergency crews to carry equipment on foot, and delayed the landing of army helicopters dispatched on Monday from the neighboring province of Sichuan.

    A policeman involved with the rescue efforts to clear up a road leading to the epicenter told China's state television CCTV big rocks fell on the road shortly after the earthquake.

    PM surveys damage

    “There was no way we could break through them with the machine. We have to use explosives to open up a path for rescue services," he said.

    The epicenter was in Ludian county, home to more than 250,000 people.

    China's premier Li Keqiang arrived in the city of Zhaotong, in Ludian county, on Monday afternoon. He then walked on foot for five kilometers because rubble obstructed roads near the epicenter, Chinese media reported.

    Li instructed local authorities to provide adequate food, shelter and medical treatment. Media reports throughout Monday highlighted a shortage of water, tents as well as blood and medicines.

    “Authorities dispatched people from the National Search and Rescue Team, and they will enter these areas using helicopters if the roads are blocked," explained Long Enshen with the Sichuan University’s Institute of Disaster Management and Reconstruction. "But their effectiveness at the moment is still limited. In the initial stage of the rescue work, the first and second day, it is up to local authorities to organize relief."

    State news agency Xinhua said most of the homes in Ludian county were old and made of bricks. 12,000 of them collapsed, according to Xinhua.

    “This is an area where the economy is still largely underdeveloped. The buildings and construction material are bad, that is why we are seeing such a high number of casualties,” stated Long.

    Quake lake

    Local authorities are on high alert also for a quake lake, formed after debris blocked a river near the epicenter.

    Chinese media report that 800 residents were evacuated from the area, after water rose at a speed of one meter per hour.

    This was the most powerful earthquake to hit Yunnan in 14 years, according to Xinhua.

    Six years ago, a devastating earthquake killed tens of thousands of people in neighboring Sichuan province.

    You May Like

    Video Russia's Expat Community Shrinking

    Russia's troubled economy, tensions with West have led hundreds of thousands of foreigners to leave for better opportunities

    Accelerating the Push Against Islamic State: What Will Work?

    Experts stress need to step up military action, address root causes of Muslims' disaffection, counter IS social media messages in a massive way

    Experts: N. Korean Abductions Sought to Halt Brain Drain

    Pyongyang abducted about 3,800 South Koreans and more than a dozen Japanese nationals in late 1970s

    This forum has been closed.
    Comment Sorting
    Comments
         
    by: Frankie Fook-lun Leung from: Los Angeles
    August 04, 2014 2:17 PM
    Prevention is better than cure. How to make sure when another earthquake happens, no disaster follows. Using troops however brave to save innocent lives does not make Chinese citizens have more confidence in their government.

    by: Reality
    August 04, 2014 7:04 AM
    Good job Chinese troops

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibiti
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 05, 2016 4:30 PM
    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video German Artists to Memorialize Refugees With Life Jacket Exhibit

    Sold in every kind of shop in some Turkish port towns, life jackets have become a symbol of the refugee crisis that brought a million people to Europe in 2015.  On the shores of Lesbos, Greece, German artists collect discarded life jackets as they prepare an art installation they plan to display in Germany.  For VOA, Hamada Elrasam has this report from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video E-readers Help Ease Africa's Book Shortage

    Millions of people in Africa can't read, and there's a chronic shortage of books. A non-profit organization called Worldreader is trying to help change all that one e-reader at a time. VOA’s Deborah Block tells us about a girls' school in Nairobi, Kenya where Worldreader is making a difference.
    Video

    Video Genius Lets World Share Its Knowledge

    Inspired by crowdsourcing companies like Wikipedia, Genius allows anyone to edit anything on the web, using its web annotation tool
    Video

    Video Former Drug CEO Martin Shkreli Angers US Lawmakers

    A former U.S. pharmaceutical business executive has angered lawmakers by refusing to explain why he raised the price of a life-saving pill by 5,000 percent. Martin Shkreli was removed from a congressional hearing on Thursday after citing his Fifth Amendment right to stay silent. Zlatica Hoke has more.
    Video

    Video Super Bowl TV Commercials are Super Business for Advertisers

    The Super Bowl, the championship clash between the two top teams in American Football, is the most-watched sporting event of the year, and advertisers are lining up and paying big bucks to get their commercials on the air. In fact, the TV commercials during the Super Bowl have become one of the most anticipated and popular features of the event. VOA's Brian Allen has a sneak peek of what you can expect to see when the big game goes to commercial break, and the real entertainment begins.
    Video

    Video In Philippines, Mixed Feelings About Greater US Military Presence

    In the Philippines, some who will be directly affected by a recent Supreme Court decision clearing the way for more United States troop visits are having mixed reactions.  The increased rotations come at a time when the Philippines is trying to build up its military in the face of growing maritime assertiveness from China.  From Bahile, Palawan on the coast of the South China Sea, Simone Orendain has this story.
    Video

    Video Microcephaly's Connection to Zika: Guilty Until Proven Innocent

    The Zika virus rarely causes problems for the people who get it, but it seems to be having a devastating impact on babies whose mothers are infected with Zika. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
    Video

    Video Solar Innovation Provides Cheap, Clean Energy to Kenya Residents

    In Kenya, a company called M-Kopa Solar is providing clean energy to more than 300,000 homes across East Africa by allowing customers to "pay-as-you-go" via their cell phones. As Lenny Ruvaga reports from Kangemi, customers pay a small deposit for a solar unit and then pay less than a dollar a day to get clean energy to light up their homes or businesses.
    Video

    Video Stunning Artworks Attract Record Crowds, Thanks to Social Media

    A new exhibit at the oldest art museum in America is shattering attendance records. Thousands of visitors are lining up to see nine giant works of art that have gotten a much-deserved shot of viral marketing. The 150-year-old Smithsonian American Art Museum has never had a response quite like this. VOA's Julie Taboh reports.
    Video

    Video Apprenticeships Put Americans on Path Back to Work

    Trying to get more people into the U.S. workforce, the Obama administration last year announced $175 million in grants towards apprenticeship programs. VOA White House correspondent Aru Pande went inside one training center outside of Washington that has gained national recognition for helping put people on the path to employment.
    Video

    Video New Material May Reduce Concussion Effects

    As the 2016 National Football League season reaches its summit at the Super Bowl this coming Sunday (2/7), scientists are trying to learn how to more effectively protect football players from dangerous and damaging concussions. Researchers at Cardiff and Cambridge Universities say their origami-based material may solve the problem. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Saudi Arabian Women's Sports Chip Away at Stereotypes

    Saudi Arabian female athletes say that sports are on the front line of busting traditions that quash women’s voices, both locally and internationally. In their hometown of Jeddah, a group of basketball players say that by connecting sports to health issues, they are encouraging women and girls to get out of their homes and participate in public life. VOA’s Heather Murdock reports.
    Video

    Video A Year Later, Fortunes Mixed for Syrians Forging New Lives in Berlin

    In April of last year, VOA followed the progress of six young Syrian refugees -- four brothers and their two friends -- as they made their way from Libya to Italy by boat, and eventually to Germany. Reporter Henry Ridgwell caught up with the refugees again in Berlin, as they struggle to forge new lives amid the turmoil of Europe's refugee crisis.
    Video

    Video Zika Virus May be Hard to Stop

    With the Zika virus spreading rapidly, the World Health Organization Monday declared Zika a global health emergency. As Alberto Pimienta reports, for many governments and experts, the worst is yet to come.