Rapid response deserves praise

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 March, 2011, 12:00am

China has joined the international rescue effort in Christchurch, where last week's deadly earthquake killed more than 200 people. I felt very sad because so many families lost their loved ones suddenly. I hope people can donate money, food and clothes to the survivors of this tragedy and look after them properly.

The world has become a very efficient place now because international rescue workers were sent to the New Zealand city very quickly. China was among the first countries to respond to the terrible disaster.

At the moment, there are about 550 Chinese rescue workers and 12 trained sniffer dogs looking for survivors among the rubble in Christchurch. The work can be dangerous because of possible after-shocks but I hope they will do their best to find people trapped in the ruins.

I hope New Zealanders will be able to recover quickly from this tragedy.

Cheng Ho-kai, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial School

From the Editor

Thank you for your e-mail, Ho-kai. The quake has indeed been awful. Any sort of disaster like this is terrible. When compared to places like Haiti, New Zealand is not actually poor. But money is not the issue here. The loss of loved ones is.

It is wonderful to see Chinese rescue teams helping other countries. The Chinese people are generous and caring and remember well how other countries rushed to help when the dreadful Sichuan quake happened in 2008. Perhaps, these teams working now to retrieve bodies in Christchurch, honed their skills during the Sichuan tragedy.

We at Young Post extend our sympathies too all those affected by the disaster in New Zealand and hope this battered community will not be hit by further quakes.

Susan, Editor