Landslides cut-off quake hit town in China
More than 3,000 people were isolated in a quake-hit town of China after rain-triggered landslides cut off the only national highway connecting it.Updated: Jul 01, 2008 14:49 IST
More than 3,000 people were isolated in a quake-hit town of China after rain-triggered landslides cut off the only national highway connecting it, officials said.
Braving rain, hundreds of rescue workers were working to clear the road of large amount of earth and rocks, an official of the highway administration in the quake-shattered Sichuan province said.
Relief materials would be sent by helicopter to the affected Yingxiu town when the weather permits, an official said, adding, they were not sure when the road would be reopened.
Sichuan is expected to receive more rain this week, the provincial observatory said.
Yingxiu, three kms from the epicentre of the 8 magnitude temblor that hit the province on May 12, is one of the worst hit by the quake which killed more than two thirds of its 12,000 residents. It remained isolated for more than three days after the quake.
Secondary disasters like landslides have been posing huge problems to authorities as they grapple with gigantic relief and rehabilitation work.
The quake, the worst in three decades, has left 69,195 people dead according to official death toll, with 18,403 reported missing.