An over­view of res­cue ef­forts af­ter Ji­uzhaigou earth­quake

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA -

Med­i­cal care

A med­i­cal team ar­rived in the dis­as­ter-hit area on Tues­day night. An­other, with nine ex­perts, in­clud­ing dis­ease pre­ven­tion and psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­sel­ing spe­cial­ists, departed on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Hos­pi­tals in nearby Mianyang and Chengdu cities are re­ceiv­ing the se­verely in­jured pa­tients while re­serv­ing 350 beds for more. Nearly 500 med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als have car­ried out on-site res­cue and epi­demic pre­ven­tion ef­forts.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Civil af­fairs

By Wed­nes­day morn­ing, the quake had knocked out 234 telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion base sta­tions — about 43 per­cent of all base sta­tions in Ji­uzhaigou — mostly for lack of power. The Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy has in­structed tele­com pro­fes­sion­als to use all means in­clud­ing wired, wire­less and in­ter­net ser­vices to sup­port lo­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, en­sure elec­tric­ity to sup­port base sta­tions, re­pair dam­aged ca­bles and keep satel­lite tele­phones work­ing to en­sure dis­patch and com­mand ser­vices for the res­cue ef­fort.

Avi­a­tion

A total of 100 mil­lion yuan ($15 mil­lion) was al­lo­cated to Sichuan to sup­port res­i­dents’ lives, in­clud­ing help­ing with re­lo­ca­tion, sup­port­ing vic­tims in tran­si­tion and pro­vid­ing com­pen­sa­tion to the fam­i­lies of those who died, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Civil Af­fairs.

Air­ports near the quake zone, in­clud­ing Ji­uzhai, Chengdu, Hongyuan and Mianyang, were oper­at­ing well, the Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China said. The ad­min­is­tra­tion held an emer­gency con­fer­ence on Tues­day night to or­ga­nize res­cue ef­forts. Air­lines are ready to fly to the area to help. Air China will al­low pas­sen­gers to change or cancel flights to Ji­uzhaigou free, the com­pany said. The air­line will also in­crease flights to evac­u­ate peo­ple from the quake zone.

Elec­tric­ity Fuel

The quake caused out­ages on 29 elec­tri­cal lines in the area. The State Grid has sent nearly 200 pro­fes­sion­als and 50 ve­hi­cles to re­pair fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port res­cue ef­forts, while also mo­bi­liz­ing staff from Chengdu, Mianyang and Guangyuan to help. Power had re­sumed in 27 of the lines by Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, in­clud­ing ur­ban Ji­uzhaigou and the scenic area.

All PetroChina and Sinopec gas sta­tions on the road lead­ing to Ji­uzhaigou have opened green chan­nels to fuel res­cue ve­hi­cles. PetroChina’s gas fields in Guangyuan and Mianyang felt the earth­quake, but there were no ca­su­al­ties or dam­age, and pro­duc­tion is safe, the com­pany said.

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