Military carries out joint rescue and relief in quake-hit Jiuzhaigou

China Military Online
Huang Panyue

Armed police soldiers are seen engaged in rescuing local people in the quake-hit Jiuzhaigou county, southwest China's Sichuan province on August 9, 2017. ( Qiangjun)

CHENGDU, Aug.9 (ChinaMil) -- Rescue troops of People's Liberation Army are engaged in a race against time to search for the victims of the earthquake that struck Sichuan province's Jiuzhaigou county on Tuesday night.

By 18:00 of August 9, the PLA had dispatched more than 3,300 troops, together with over 200 vehicles and machinery of various types and nine aircraft to the quake area. The troops have assisted the safe evacuation of more than 10,000 people, rescued and transferred about 180 injured people accumulatively. The Armed Police Force had sent 1,958 troops and 105 sets of equipment and machinery to the quake-hit region. The armed policemen have treated and transferred more than 100 wounded personnel.

A transport plane from the air force of the Western Theater Command flew over the quake-hit region on Wednesday to take aerial videos for precise rescue and relief actions. At the same time, four transport planes were ready to transport relief materials from the Jiuzhai-Huanglong Airport.

Xi'an Satellite Control Center has allocated five remote sensing satellites to provide non-stop image and data support for quake rescue. A satellite navigation and positioning station uses Beidou system to carry out 24-hour disaster monitoring of the quake-hit area.

According to news release from the Information Office of the Ministry of National Defense, an air force transport plane sent on Wednesday afternoon 80 members of China earthquake emergency rescue team, which comprises troops from a brigade of the 82nd Combined Corps, medical workers from the Armed Police General Hospital and experts from China Earthquake Administration, to Jiuzhaigou quake area. Together with the rescuers on the transport plane were five sniffer dogs, two rescue vehicles and 378 pieces of rescue devices including life detectors.

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