Many have died in the earthquake that hit the Chengdu region of China that has resulted in rural villages getting almost totally wiped out. Several schools have collapsed and children are the ones who suffered most of the brunt of this, one of the deadliest earthquakes in the recent history of China. Sadly, a few months away from them hosting the 2008 Olympics, many have died and people have criticized the government for continuing revelry about the event whilst thousands are dead with thousands still missing. Many buildings collapsed and people were buried alive and some crushed to their deaths. The booming Chinese economy shattered by the quake forcing them to send the largest military and emergency reaction force into action. Some areas were so severely affected that even the government has had little contact with regions. Cellular networks were cut off and electricity and water supplies cut off. The government has reacted swiftly to the disaster but say they can manage the disaster for now. With the tremors felt as far away as Beijing, people were alarmed and rushed to the streets due to fears of building collapses. None have suffered any in the capital and all the major Olympic venues are structurally sound.
Originally posted on May 13, 2008 @ 6:03 am