Xi Jinping in surprise inspection of Sichuan quake towns

President Xi Jinping yesterday made a surprise visit to schools and temporary shelters in Yaan county, Sichuan. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping yesterday visited areas of Sichuan hit hardest by last month's magnitude 7 earthquake, meeting survivors and inspecting reconstruction work at a Hong Kong-funded school building.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 8:22am

Lushan county mourns quake victims

A girl sheds tears as students at Lushan Middle School in Lushan county take part in a public mourning ceremony yesterday in memory of those who perished in the magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the area in the southwestern province of Sichuan eight days ago. Nearly 200 lives were lost. Photo: Xinhua

Crowds gathered in devastated Lushan county yesterday as a day of mourning was held across Sichuan province for those killed in the last weekend's magnitude 7 earthquake.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:31am

Hong Kong-funded schools survive Sichuan earthquake

Longxing Central School escaped the latest earthquake relatively unscathed, unlike many neighbouring buildings. Photo: Simon Song

Hong Kong-funded buildings at two schools in Sichuan hit by Saturday's magnitude-7 earthquake are among the few structures that did not sustain major damage. Many local homes were either seriously damaged or collapsed.

26 Apr 2013 - 5:05am 1 comment

Foam, hollowed bricks used in Lushan school construction, reports say

A damaged wall inside Lushan County Junior Secondary School reveals hollowed bricks. Photo: Simon Song

Cracked and peeling walls at Lushan County Junior Secondary School exposed bricks that were either hollow or filled with “polystyrene foam”, party mouthpiece People’s Daily reported on Thursday.

26 Apr 2013 - 4:56am 1 comment

Rescuers battle to help victims of Sichuan quake as death toll hits 188

Volunteers Yang Chengcheng and Xiao Long help rush an injured woman to medical facilities in Longmen township. The two students ran 10km over damaged roads. Photo: Xinhua

Relief teams battled to gain access to isolated areas in quake-hit Sichuan province as the death toll rose to 188 yesterday, with more than 11,000 injured and 21 still missing.

24 Apr 2013 - 10:01am 1 comment

Quake survivors find extraordinary strength in life-or-death moments

A doctor attends to an injured five-year-old boy in Lushan county. Photo: AFP

Remarkable tales of courage and survival continued to appear in mainland media yesterday, a day after a magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck Sichuan.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:49am

Death toll from killer Sichuan quake rises to 180, 11,200 injured

A rescuer carries a child after she was pulled out from under the rubble of her home. The quake that struck yesterday has left at least 150 dead and 6,000 injured. Photo: AFP

At least 180 people have been killed and about 11,200 injured after a strong earthquake hit the city of Yaan in Sichuan province yesterday, just three weeks short of the fifth anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake that claimed more than 88,000 lives in May, 2008.

21 Apr 2013 - 12:55pm 1 comment

Quake survivors take refuge on streets of Longmen

Soldiers run past residents of Longmen to assist in relief operations. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of fearful people in Longmen, a mountain town close to the epicentre of yesterday's earthquake in Sichuan, spent last night out in the open.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:40am