More Land­slide: than 60 Chances peo­ple of miss­ing sur­vival in dim land­slide as ‘golden in Shaanxi pe­riod’ passes prov­ince

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By MA LIE in Xi’an and XU WEI in Bei­jing

“Now the most im­por­tant work to be done is mo­bi­liz­ing a lot Moreof equip­ment­than 60 peo­pleto get closewere miss­ingto the af­ter buried be­ing build­ings.buried in a There land­slide are in still Shanyang chances county, of find­ing Shaanxi sur­vivors prov­ince, there,” lo­calJia au­thor­i­ties­said. said, and ex­perts warned“For the their peo­ple chances who of were sur­vival trapped were un­der get­ting the slim­mer­mud, theiras the chances res­cueof sur­vival­work con­tin­uedare very into Wed­nes­day night. slim be­cause the golden pe­riod The for land­slide­the res­cue tookis only place 20 at min­utes,”about 12:30he said.am on Wed­nes­day The when Shaanx­ian es­ti­mat­ed­provin­cial fire 1.3 de­part­ment­mil­lion cu­bic said me­ter­son its of mi­cro mud blo­gand rock­sthat the hit the miss­ing liv­ing peo­ple quar­ters were of buried Wuzhou deep Miningin the mud Co and and buriedthe fact the that peo­ple rocks in­side,were con­tin­uin­gac­cord­ing to to the fall onto in­for­ma­tion­the res­cue of­fice site of also Shanyang made county.the res­cue dif­fi­cult. Four­teen peo­ple man­aged to Peng es­cape, Shaobin, ac­cordinga to worker lo­cal au­thor­i­ties. They were in­jured who nar­rowly es­caped death, saidby falling­most of rock­s­the work­ers­but were had in been sta­ble asleep con­di­tion, when saidthe land­slide Gao Jun­jun, oc­curred.an of­fi­cial with the county’s“Only in­for­ma­tion­some work­ers of­fice. on night Pres­i­dentshift heardXi Jin­pingthe sound urgedof rolling­full ef­forts stones to and search shout­ed­for andto tell res­cue the the sleep­ing miss­ing col­league­sand min­i­mizeto es­cape,” ca­su­al­ties.Peng said. He also called for Another proper ar­range­mentsworker named for Zhou vic­tims Kun­li­nand the said pre­ven­tion­that he of heard sec­ondary the dis­as­ters.sound of rolling

Premier Li Ke­qiang or­dered stones and saw al­most half of the quick moun­tain evac­u­a­tion col­lapseof peo­ple two liv­ing min­utes around af­ter the he site. ran outHe calledof the work­ers’for en­hanced dor­mi­tory.safety mea­sures, say­ing“We nine other work­ers places who shoul­dran up learn the from hill­side­the dis­as­ter. sur­vived with slight The in­juries, num­ber butof res­cuer­sthose who at ran the site, down in­cludin­ga­long the fire­fight­er­sravine were and buried armed by po­licethe land­slide,” sol­diers, Zhouhad in­creased­said. to more than 700A as farmin­gof Wed­nes­day­fam­ily of night,four mem­ber­s­the pro­vin­cial liv­ing gov­ern­ment­next to the said. work­ers’ dor­mi­tory was miss­ing The and chances­their houseof was sur­vival­buried. for the trapped min­ers are get­ting Wuzhou slim­mer Min­eral due Co to is thea min­inglarge amount com­pa­nyof mud un­der and Shaanx­ithe long Non­fer­rous­time re­quired Me­tals for Hold­ingthe res­cue, Group,said Jia a Zhen­lin,Sta­te­owned head of en­ter­prisethe train­ing based cen­terin Xi’an,with the Shaanxi Na­tional prov­ince. Earthquake Re­spon­seBased in Sup­port­the moun­tain­ousSer­vice. area “Nowof the the county’smost im­por­tan­tZhong­cun town­ship,work to be the done com­pa­nyis mo­bi­lizingis the a lot of equip­ment to get largest vana­dium pro­duc­tion base close in to Asiathe buried­with an­nual build­ings.pro­duc­tion There are ca­pac­i­tys­till chance­sof of 5,000 find­ing met­ric sur­vivorstons, ac­cord­ingth­ere,” Jia to said. Ma Baop­ing,“For the gen­eral peo­ple man­ager­who wereof the trapped Shaanxi un­der Non­fer­rous­the mud, Me­tals their chances Holdin­gof sur­vivalGroup, who are is veryat the slim dis­as­ter be­cause scenethe gold­en­for res­cue pe­riod work. for the res­cue is only 20 min­utes,” he said. Con­tact the writ­ers through malie@chi­nadaily.com.cnCon­tact the writ­ers through malie@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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