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Last updated at 10:56 BST, Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Chinese earthquake rescue


22 April 2013

China is continuing a massive rescue operation in Sichuan province, with thousands of workers, after a powerful earthquake on Saturday.


John Sudworth

A mother running with her child

Sichuan province has a history of deadly earthquakes


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Rescue teams had already reached the remote villages in mountainous Baoxing County on foot, but landslides were blocking access to aid trucks and preventing some of the casualties from being brought out.

Now state media is reporting that a path has been cleared, although, in heavy fog, and with regular aftershocks, the going is slow.

Even in the more accessible areas of neighbouring Lushan county the aid effort has been hampered by congestion on the single road in, and some of those who've been made homeless are complaining that they've not yet received food or water.

Although on the same fault line, this earthquake was much less powerful than the one that struck Sichuan Province in 2008, and the death toll is not expected to rise significantly.

Once again though it is the poor who have borne the brunt of the disaster, with the biggest killer not the earthquake itself, but poorly constructed houses.


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having a lot of mountains

on foot

by walking (without using transport or vehicles)


falls of rocks and earth down a mountain or slope


people who have been injured or killed in an accident or war

state media

media organisations controlled by the government


small earthquakes that follow a bigger one

the going is slow

progress is difficult or slow


made difficult

fault line

a long, deep crack in the Earth's surface

death toll

the number of people who died because of an event

borne the brunt of

suffered the main effects of