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                 37 Mine Rescue Team were Mobilized to Quake-stricken Area

 

 

 

36 People Saved, 310 Treated, 556 Evacuated
As of the end of 1:00PM of 22nd of April, a total of 872 rescuers from National Mine Rescue Team in Furong, together with 37 regional mine rescue teams and mine medical teams in Sichuan and Chongqing were mobilized to quake-stricken areas. Rescuers searched 1512 households. Some of the households are located in Lushan County and its subordinate townships such as Taiping, Shuangshi, Siyan, Qingren, Longmen, Baosheng. Some of the households are located in Lingguan County and Jiaguan town under Qionglai County. Thanks to the efforts of rescuers, 36 trapped people were found (34 of them survived). A first aid center was established. Rescue teams travelled 6 places, treated over 310 persons, transferred 81 injured, evacuated 556 persons, and gave out 20 000RMB worth of medicines and food for free. Rescuers settled 85 dangerous cases. As instructed by the command center, mine rescue teams built a temporary landing field for helicopters in Lingguan Township of Baoxing County.
After the disaster happened, Yang Dongliang, Minister of State Administration of Work Safety, Wang Dexue, Vice Minister of State Administration of Work Safety and Administrator of National Workplace Emergency Management Center, Fu Jianhua, Vice Minister of State Administration of Work Safety started deployment immediately. Sichuan and Chongqing-based National Mine Rescue Team in Furong were ordered to move to the quake-hit areas. Sichuan Administration of Work Safety was required to check safety hazards in the area. Mines were required to stop production immediately and evacuate miners. A comprehensive check was carried out for chemical plants, oil & gas pipeline and tailing ponds so as to avoid secondary disasters such as leakage, fireexplosion, and dam break. Safety is paramount. A total of 645 rescuers from National Mine Rescue Team in Kailuan and Datong, together with 19 mine rescue teams in Yunnan, Guizhou and Shaanxi have been in stand-by should it be needed.
Leaders from Sichuan Administration of Work Safety (Sichuan Administration of Coal Mine Safety), Chongqing Administration of Work Safety, Chongqing Administration of Coal Mine Safety headed rescue teams and medical teams to the quake-hit area immediately. Xingying County’s Mine Rescue Team arrived at Shuangshi Township under Lushan County on 9:50, 20th of April. On 11:30, the team rescued the first one who was trapped. At first, Emergency Rescue team arrived at Shuangshi Township, a seriously impacted area, for rescue campaign. After that, they were dispatched by the command center to split into two teams. One headed for Lingguan Township under Baoxing County. The other one headed for Longmen Township and searched Baosheng Township on foot. They finally made it to the epicenter—Taiping Township where they set up forward command center for work safety supervision and rescue and established satellite communication with emergency command center of State Administration of Work Safety. In the evening of 20th of April, forward command center convened meeting to deliver Premier Li Keqiang’s instructions. Based on deployment of forward command center, rescuers searched households one by one for trapped people in Taiping Township and Shuangshi Township and evacuated people.
As of 12:00, 21 of April, 329 rescuers from National Mine Rescue Team in Furong and Guangneng Mine Rescue Team as well as other teams walked over 40 kilometers in 11 hours under blocked road, continuing aftershock, and potential landslide. Finally, they made it safely to Baoxing County, a place blocked by the quake. They launched rescue campaign in Baoxing.
To ensure work safety in the quake-hit area, Sichuan Administration of Work Safety followed the instruction of SAWS to require all mines in Yan’an, Chengdu, Meishan, Leshan, and Liangshan to stop production immediately and evacuate workers. Safety check-ups will be conducted in major areas such as chemical industry, firework, oil depot, and tailing pond, in order to prevent secondary disasters.