News items from Hanwang town, 30km from the earthquake center., translated by ChenDing, May 16 2008.

A student

After rescue work in another town, a government emergency rescue team arrived at Hanwang Zhen (Town of Hanwang, 汉旺镇, 漢旺鎮 ), a town 30 kilometers (less than 19 miles) from the epicenter Wenchuan (汶川), on May 13 near mid-night, delayed by the much damaged roads.

The first site was a middle school, which collapsed trapping 200 students inside. ... ... They found a female student still alive behind a wall. She told the rescue team "My name is Qin Jingwen. One of my legs is buried and hurts badly ..." Her apparently healthy mental state over 50 hours after the disaster was a relief to everyone. After two hours, the team opened a small hole on the wall. A nurse climbed half way in and injected the student with medicated liquid. The student extended her arm to receive the injection and afterwards said in her weak voice "Thank you Ma'am. Please leave now. It is dangerous here." The nurse couldn't hold off her tears.

After another hour, Qin Jingwen was rescued. During the time period, the rescue team found three other survivors.

An infant and an elder

300 meters (900 feet) away from the middle school is the residence of workers of a factory. An originally 6-floor building has sunk to five stories. May 14 near 9pm, a rescue team, consisting of firefighters from a city in the neighboring Guizhou province and medical workers from Shanghai, was searching for survivors.

They heard a weak cry for help and found between two almost closed floors an old lady shielding a baby with her body. The rescue team spent an hour coming up with a plan while reassuring the grandma who plead repeatedly sensing the absence of action. Finally, the team began a 3-step rescue plan. They supported the upper floor board using a heavy machine arm. Two soldiers crawled in to clear the obstacles. The area within a 50-meter (150 feet) circle was cleared of any movements to avoid another collapse. Three observation points were established watching the area closely.

Twenty minutes later, soldier Deng Qixing carried out the baby girl; another 5 minutes, soldier Huang Xiaowei carried out the lady to a chorus of cheers by the entire team. The grandma, Jiang Yijun, was 60 years old, and the grand daughter, Sheng Tianqi, had her one-year old birthday ten days ago.

The medical team protected their eyes with blankets to avoid sudden exposure to lights. The infant girl eagerly drunk the medicated water. By the time the grandma arrived at the medical station, her grand daughter was sipping milk with the help of a nurse. The grandma tried to turn her neck and look around until the doctor told her that the infant was right next to her and was fine.

A family

May 15 around 9:40pm, the chief doctor of the national police military hospital, Hou Shike, reported to the headquarter that in DongQi middle school, 42 students were rescued and five more survivors were found.

As the reporter rushing back with this encouraging news, s/he was stopped by the many white body bags rested on the ground of a stadium. They were counted to over 100.

A middle aged man in factory uniform came up and said "these are bodies of the victims." The reported asked "What are you doing here?" The man replied "I am volunteering to help watching the field at night." The reporter said sincerely "I hope your family is safe." The man lowered his voice "My father is dead and still buried in the building. My 14-year old daughter also ..." He pointed to one of the bodies.

"I am sorry." The reporter could only reply. The man said "Not at all. Thank you all for helping us. Beijing sent in so many rescue workers. I want to do something too." He then added "After May 12, we are one family." "If you need anything, you can find me in the first tent" He said as he walked past with his flashlight.

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