Four-year-old Wang Yanxia was considered lucky and a gift to her family when she was born in the wake of the magnitude-8 earthquake that hit Wenchuan, Sichuan, in 2008. Now her family is struggling to face the reality of her death in the Yaan quake.
Falling debris hit Yanxia as she rushed out of the house when the magnitude-7 quake struck Lushan county on Saturday. She died that day at a hospital in Yaan, news portal Cheng.cn reported on Wednesday.
"At first we thought that if she managed to survive the Wenchuan earthquake, she would be blessed her entire life. But she did not escape the catastrophe after all," her mother said, recalling how her daughter loved drawing and dancing.
Wang Hongwu, the girl's father, recalled the day almost five years ago when Yanxia was born. It was May 12, 2008, his wife's expected due date. But the operation was pushed back by a day because of the disaster that claimed more than 88,000 lives.
His wife gave birth by Caesarean section amid aftershocks.
Meanwhile, a 78-year-old man was pulled alive from rubble on Wednesday afternoon in Baoxing county, the municipal government said yesterday.
The man, who is in a stable condition having suffered only a fractured rib, is the first survivor saved after the so-called "golden rescue period" - the 72 hours after a quake in which victims have the best chances of survival.