China toll nears 2,000

China toll nears 2,000

A two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in the ruins of their house at Gyegu town in Yushu county. REUTERS

Another 216 people are listed as missing after the quake struck last Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency said, though rescue operations across the ruined town of Gyegu in Qinghai province’s Yushu country were being scaled down as the focus shifted to aid distribution.

Tents, food and water were being delivered to quake victims across the county seat of Gyegu, as well as further into the mountainous region. President Hu Jintao flew to Yushu to comfort survivors and examine relief distribution. Hu vowed to rebuild homes and schools.

Moment of hope
In a rare moment of hope, rescuers pulled two people alive from a wrecked building after spending 123 hours trapped in the rubble, state television said.
Taiwan’s Red Cross Society sent a 20-person medical relief team to Qinghai on Sunday to help quake survivors with expertise and supplies.

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