Excavators operate on huge landslide in quake-hit area in Sichuan

2022-09-10 Editor : Ji Xiang ECNS App Download

(ECNS) -- Two excavators operated on a huge landslide on Friday to repair the collapsed roads near Moxi Town, the epicenter of Luding County, southwest China's Sichuan Province. The excavators worked over a cliff hundreds of meters high, and a huge landslide on the side.

After the earthquake, the only road from Moxi Town, the epicenter, to Hailuogou Scenic Area was seriously damaged. Rescuers have made great efforts to repair the damaged roads.

Rescuer Yang Jianping said: "When we arrived at the site, the road seemed completely collapsed. We were faced with several obstacles. Excavators carried out one-way tunneling. Due to the constant aftershocks, it was difficult for them to operate. In addition, the heavy rain posed a great threat to our safety."

The repair work started early on Tuesday morning, and by noon on Friday, a total of 2.2 kilometers of roads had been repaired.

"There are more than 30 landslides in the remaining 10 kilometers of the collapsed roads, of which more than one kilometer of the subgrade has completely collapsed." said Luo Chenghe, a construction worker. "Occasionally, something unexpected happened. For example, the place we just finished digging suddenly collapsed. We had to do it again," said excavator driver Liming, "The second operation was a little more dangerous. Because the rocks kept falling from the mountain, we have to react quickly."

"We try to get to the camp No.1 in Hailuogou Scenic Area within a week." said Luo Chenghe. As of Thursday, 172 roads and bridges had been damaged in the quake-hit areas, mainly due to slope collapse and landslide. More than 2,000 rescuers were dispatched to carry out rescue work.


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