The earthquake that struck Tuesday the Chinese province of Sichuan made according to the last balance at least 19 dead and more than 260 wounded. The authorities have managed to evacuate nearly 60,000 people from this mountainous region, including many tourists. But new rainfall and landslides complicate access to relief in some areas and some fear a strong replica of the earthquake. The isolated area and high altitude recorded nearly a thousand replicas, the most violent of which reached a magnitude of 4.8.
A total of 1,680 homes in the 17 counties of Jiuzhaigou county were damaged, according to provincial authorities. The earthquake, a magnitude of 6.5 according to the American Geological Institute (USGS), occurred in a high altitude area and difficult access to the Tibetan Plateau, where the Jiuzhaigou Reserve One of the most renowned natural parks in the country.
Residents and tourists fled in an atmosphere of chaos, before spending the night in public parks or vehicles. The shock revives for residents the traumatic memory of the earthquake of magnitude 8 occurred in the same province in 2008, which had made 87,000 dead and disappeared.
The isolation of the region and a thousand replicas, the most violent of which reached a magnitude of 4.8, complicated the task of the hundreds of soldiers and rescuers mobilized to evacuate the survivors.
This is what Gwendolyn Pang, the head of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Federation, told RFI: ” There has been only one stronger reply since the earthquake, all the others Relatively low.This does not reassure the government at all that it expects a new shock of greater intensity.That is why the authorities continue to monitor the situation very closely. As for the survivors, they are waiting for experts to assess the condition of their home, in order to know if they can return there safely. This review will probably take place within the next ten days.
There are many landslides in the area and some roads are blocked. Some survivors told us that it was very difficult to get out of the area because of the landslides that cut roads. So the situation is not easy, but many buses were able to transport a very large number of people affected by the earthquake out of the area and this quite quickly.
“Nearly 60,000 people,” a large majority of whom were transported out of the shocked area, with about 8,000 vehicles, said Liu Zuoming, leader of the Communist Party ‘Aba, where the epicenter is located.