Earth­quake dam­age was wide­spread

In Pingwu county, fi­nan­cial losses were in ex­cess of 110 mil­lion yuan

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By HUANG ZHILING in Chengdu huangzhiling@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

The mag­ni­tude 7.0 earth­quake in Ji­uzhaigou county, Sichuan province, on Tues­day also left vic­tims and dam­age in neigh­bor­ing ar­eas, au­thor­i­ties said on Sun­day.

Twenty-five peo­ple died as a re­sult of the earth­quake Tues­day night in Ji­uzhaigou, a county in the Aba Ti­betan and Qiang au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture, and 525 peo­ple were in­jured. The iden­tity of 21 of the dead has been con­firmed, pro­vin­cial govern­ment of­fi­cials said on Sun­day.

The earth­quake dam­aged roads, houses, crops, forests, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and power fa­cil­i­ties and fac­to­ries in 11 town­ships in Pingwu, a neigh­bor­ing county in Mianyang, Sichuan, and the eco­nomic losses in Pingwu sur­passed 110 mil­lion yuan ($17 mil­lion), ac­cord­ing to the Sichuan pro­vin­cial govern­ment in­for­ma­tion of­fice.

The earth­quake put 259 cell­phone tow­ers in Pingwu, Song­pan, Zoige and Hongyuan coun­ties out of ser­vice. A to­tal of 1,079 work­ers were in­volved in their emer­gency re­pair. As of Sun­day morn­ing, 238 tow­ers had re­sumed op­er­a­tion, the of­fice said.

The earth­quake jolted Ji­uzhaigou at 9:19 pm on Tues­day at a depth of 20 kilo­me­ters. More than 3,000 after­shocks, with the strong­est be­ing mag­ni­tude 4.8, had taken place by Sun­day.

Soon af­ter the earth­quake, top de­ci­sion-mak­ers had re­sponded. On Tues­day night, Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called for all-out ef­forts to or­ga­nize re­lief work and res­cue the in­jured. He said that au­thor­i­ties should as­sess the im­pact of the earth­quake, evac­u­ate and set­tle vis­i­tors and lo­cal peo­ple, and re­duce the deaths and in­juries as much as pos­si­ble.

About 60,000 tourists and mi­grant work­ers had been evac­u­ated from the quake’s epi­cen­ter by 5 pm the next day.

The evac­u­a­tion was swift and ef­fi­cient through the ef­forts of the govern­ment and peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic groups in the re­gion, ac­cord­ing to the of­fice.

Twenty-five peo­ple died as a re­sult of the earth­quake Tues­day night in Ji­uzhaigou, a county in the Aba Ti­betan and Qiang au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture, and 525 peo­ple were in­jured.

Li Yinzheng, a Ti­betan gen­eral man­ager of the Sa­cred Lo­tus Ho­tel in Ji­uzhaigou, had worked as a vol­un­teer in the mag­ni­tude 8.0 Wenchuan earth­quake in 2008 and the mag­ni­tude 7.0 Lushan earth­quake in 2013.

The earth­quake in Wenchuan county, Sichuan, killed 69,226 peo­ple and left 17,923 miss­ing. The earth­quake in Sichuan’s Lushan county killed 176 peo­ple and in­jured 12,614.

Guided by the ex­pe­ri­ence he gained in those earth­quakes, Li gath­ered all the tourists stay­ing in the ho­tel within min­utes, calm­ing them and pledg­ing to take care of them un­til they left Ji­uzhaigou.

He or­ga­nized ho­tel staff mem­bers to put up tents and pro­vided free food and quilts for tourists stay­ing in the ho­tel and peo­ple who could not find ac­com­mo­da­tions un­til they left Ji­uzhaigou two days later.

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