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Story : China-Mudslide/Volunteers
File ID : 141389
Video ID : 1382013
Dateline : May 13, 2012
Duration : 3'00
Locations : Gansu, China
Type : Chinese/Nats
Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
Restrictions : Not access Chinese mainland
Pageview : 184
Summary : Volunteers joining rescue and relief work in Gansu's mudslide disaster county
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Minxian County, Dingxi City, Gansu Province, Northwest China - May 13, 2012
1. Various of Yu Shuihai, 66-year-old volunteer, clearing road
2. Mid of vehicles on road
3. Mid of Yu cleaning road
4. Track of bulldozer driving away
5. Various of Yu cleaning road
6. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Bai Xiaoming, villager (with jump shot):
"I'll start my own reconstruction right away, with or without others' help. It is good to have help, but we can't rely on others. I'll clear the water and mud first, and when the rain stops, I'll resume my small retail business."
7. Various of university students cleaning road
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese), Wang Chao, college student volunteer (started with shot 9)(ended with shot"10):
"We came here to conduct land surveys. We had planned to move into the mountain on May 10, after finishing the survey in Shilizhen Town, but we postponed our plan by a day."
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9. Mid of university students clearing road
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10. Pan right of water
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11. Pan left of water
12. SOUNDBITE (Chinese), Wang Chao, college student volunteer (started with shot 13):
"Liquid gas containers, rafters, pillars, bricks, and in fact all the elements of houses flew down this road. It was horrible."
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13. Pan left of water
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14. Mid of object in water
15. Various of university students carrying body
16. SOUNDBITE (Chinese), Cheng Weimin, rescued villager:
"The young fellows have rescued so many people without giving any thought to their own safety. There were more than ten of them who plunged into the muddy waters to get fallen people out. They are so young, only in their early twenties. It is so touching."
17. Various of university students pushing van
18. Various of university students clearing road
19. Mid of Wang Chao talking to local resident
20. Track of university students walking away

Storyline

Volunteers of all age groups have joined the relief efforts in Gansu's Minxian County, where continuous torrential rains and hailstorms have triggered devastating mountain floods and landslides.

Yu Shuihai, a 66-year-old volunteer, traveled more than 120 kilometers from Longxi County to the disaster area. Over the past two days, he has worked a daily stretch of eight to nine hours, removing over 60 tons of silt from a four-km-long road. To work more efficiently, he sometimes took off his shoes and stood in thick mud.

Yu said he would continue working as long as he could hold out. After clearing mud off roads, he would help the local residents to reconstruct their houses.

When the calamity occurred on May 10, Wang Chao and his classmates from the Sanshui Surveying and Mapping Institute happened to be in the county on a fieldwork project. They immediately plunged themselves into the rescue and relief work.

"We came here to conduct land surveys. We had planned to move into the mountain on May 10, after finishing the survey in Shilizhen Town, but we postponed our plan by a day," said Wang Chao, a college student volunteer.

The youngsters were appalled by the crushing water and mud flows down the mountainside and the magnitude of the destruction they left behind.

"Liquid gas containers, rafters, pillars, bricks, and in fact all the elements of houses flew down this road. It was horrible," said Wang Chao.

Wang Chao and his classmates immediately joined hands to save villagers who carried away by the muddy flood after the water level started to drop.

"The young fellows have rescued so many people without giving any thought to their own safety. There were more than ten of them who plunged into the muddy waters to get fallen people out. They are so young, only in their early twenties. It is so touching," said Cheng Weimin, a rescued villager

The college students rescued 12 villagers on the night of the disaster and sent them to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and the next day, they were seen again helping villagers clear mud and junks off roads.

After discussion, the students decided to halt their field project and organized themselves into a volunteer team, helping five villages in the area remove mud and debris.

The volunteers have moved and encouraged local villagers.

"I'll start my own reconstruction right away, with or without others' help. It is good to have help, but we can't rely on others. I'll clear the water and mud first, and when the rain stops, I'll resume my small retail business," said Bai Xiaoming, a villager.

 

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