Special report: Qinghai Earthquake
|Chinese President Hu Jintao (R front) gives a hug to injured student Zhoema of Tibetan ethnic group during his visit to those injured in the quake receiving treatment at a stadium in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, northwest China's Qinghai Province, April 18, 2010. Hu arrived in Yushu Sunday morning to direct relief work. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
YUSHU, Qinghai, April 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in quake-hit Yushu in northwest China's Qinghai Province Sunday to direct relief work.
"There will be new schools! There will be new homes!" Hu wrote in chalk on a blackboard in a makeshift classroom in a tent of orphaned students.
The president led the students in reading aloud the words he wrote on the blackboard.
Hu's plane landed at Batang Yushu Airport Sunday morning after an over-three-hour flight from Beijing.
The president, who returned to China Saturday from a shortened visit to Latin America, headed for worst-hit Gyegu Town in Yushu immediately after landing.
Hu first traveled to the village of Zhaxi Datong to inspect the situation and console quake victims.
He then visited the injured receiving treatment at a stadium in Yushu and made sure there were enough medical supplies and that epidemic prevention and control work was proceeding smoothly.
"The top priority is to rescue those still buried alive and to treat the injured. Each life must be cherished," Hu said.
"Secondly, we must take good care of the quake-affected local people to make sure they have food to eat, clean water to drink, a place to sleep and clothes to keep warm.
"Thirdly, we must speed up infrastructure construction and pave the way for relief work and post-quake reconstruction.
"Fourthly, we must create conditions for children to resume classes as soon as possible, even if it has to be in makeshift classrooms.
"There is a lot more work to do and we will continue to make efforts," Hu said.
The president also talked to an injured Tibetan man in a medical tent.
"The Party and the government care about all the victims of the quake. Doctors will give you meticulous treatment...The party and the government will help with a new home...You should have confidence and recover," Hu said as he held the injured man's hands.
The Tibetan man replied, "Thank you, General Secretary. Tashi Delek!" (Tashi Delek means good luck in Tibetan)
The president also talked to rescuers who were busy clearing rubble and searching for survivors in the quake-devastated village of Zhaxike.
The 7.1-magnitude quake which struck the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu Wednesday morning has left at least 1,706 dead, 256 missing and 12,128 injured, as of 10 a.m. Sunday.