Premier Li in quake zone

CNC report from Sichuan
Added On April 22, 2013

Just hours after the earthquake occurred, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived at the quake zone to direct rescue.

He told rescuers to waste no time in save survivors.

Li examined the destruction after arriving in the epicenter, Lushan County of Ya'an City Saturday afternoon.

After that he held a meeting with flashlights in a tent at Lushan late at night, as the power supply was cut off.

Li endorsed the current rescue and disaster relief plan, saying that the priority now is to saving lives.

He urged local officials to check every house, deploy capable medical personnel to treat and cure the injured, and transfer those seriously injured in time to minimize the losses.

Li ordered to ensure unimpeded transportation, giving priority to vehicles that ships tents, quilts and rescue teams.

The Premier said the government has allocated 20,000 more tents and 800 sets of mobile houses to the quake-hit area.

As aftershocks continue to hit the area, Li urged relevant departments to organize experts to assess the damage of buildings and detect safety hazards.

More than 200 search and rescue specialists were ordered to come to the quake-hit area on Saturday night.

Li also visited Shuangshi and Longmen, the two townships hit hardest by the quake.