Troops join China quake rescue push

Troops join China quake rescue push

About 10,000 troops used pickaxes and backhoes to clear roads and dig residents from collapsed homes today after an earthquake in south-west China which killed 410 people.

Volunteer Jackson Zeng joined about two dozen classmates who headed to Yunnan province’s Ludian county, where Sunday’s 6.1-magnitude earthquake collapsed thousands of homes in an impoverished region of mountainous farmland.

“I grew up around here and these are my people. I’m not sure what I can do, but I will help any way that I can,” said Zeng, a third-year student at Kunming University of Science and Technology.

Zeng’s black T-shirt contrasted with the scores of green fatigue-clad troops along the main road into the quake zone.

Paramilitary personnel with a backhoe and other heavy equipment pushed earth from a stretch of road affected by a landslide while Zeng and other students used their hands to push rocks over a cliff.

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