Premier Li urges rescue as top priority in quake relief
                 English.news.cn | 2014-08-04 16:25:26 | Editor: Mengjie

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang on Monday urged the rescue of people as top priority in relief work after a deadly 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Li gave the instructions aboard a plane rushing to the quake zone, where at least 398 people died as of 2 p.m. Monday.

The quake occurred at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter was at Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian.

The earthquake was the worst to jolt the region in the last 100 years, causing higher-than-expected losses.

There is no time to delay the rescue, Li told senior officials of the central government departments as well as the People's Liberation Army and the Armed Police at an emergency meeting held on the plane.

He urged the greatest efforts to search for the missing and rescue those buried under the debris.

"(We can) never give up until the last minute," he said.

Rescuers must be highly cautious against secondary disasters to prevent more casualties, as the possibility of strong aftershocks of five to six magnitude cannot be ruled out, he said.

He also called for all-out efforts to treat the injured and transfer those suffering serious injuries to hospitals in nearby regions with better medical conditions.

Related:

Premier heads for Yunnan quake-hit area

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang is leading senior officials to Yunnan Province to examine the situation of a 6.5-magnitude earthquake and instruct the quake relief.

The quake occurred at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter was at Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian.Full Story

More rescuers arrive at quake-hit city in plane

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Dozens more relief staff are being flown to the quake-hit area as rescuers race against time to save lives.

Flight MU 5969, operated by China Eastern Airlines, ferried a team of nearly 30 relief workers from Kunming at 10 am this morning to the quake-impacted city of Zhaotong in China's southwest Yunnan Province, the airliner told Xinhua.Full Story

Highest-level relief response issued for SW China quake

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- The National Committee for Disaster Reduction has issued the highest-level national disaster relief response to cope with an earthquake in southwest China that has killed at least 381 people.Full Story

分享
China Focus: Massive rescue under way after Yunnan quake
China deploys troops, aircraft to Yunnan quake zone
People transferred in quake-hit Yunnan
News Feature: Race for rescue after deadly China quake
Aerial view of quake-hit Yunnan town
CISAR rescuers, sniffer dogs arrive in quake-hit Yunnan
CISAR rescuers, sniffer dogs arrive in quake-hit Yunnan
People transferred in quake-hit Yunnan
People transferred in quake-hit Yunnan
Malaysia Port Klang holds trade conference in northwest China
Malaysia Port Klang holds trade conference in northwest China
Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed railway to be open at end of year
Hangzhou-Changsha high-speed railway to be open at end of year
"Cavalia" to be shown in Singapore
"Cavalia" to be shown in Singapore
Thousands of people flee homes in Bihar after floods alter
Thousands of people flee homes in Bihar after floods alter
Abdullah's observers to rejoin audit process:UN mission in Afghanistan
Abdullah's observers to rejoin audit process:UN mission in Afghanistan
Indian PM meets with his Nepalese counterpart in Kathmandu
Indian PM meets with his Nepalese counterpart in Kathmandu
Back to Top Close
010020070750000000000000011100001335307241