Road to epicenter under traffic control, rescue hampered by landslides

Policemen maintain order on the road from Ludian county to the epicenter Longtoushan Township, Yunnan Province on August 5 when teams from all over China came to rescue. Photos: Zhang Han & Wang Lingyu

The road from Ludian to Longtoushan Township has been under traffic control due to the huge number of vehicles flooding to the epicenter. Only rescue cars were allowed to drive in as thousands of people rode motorcycles or labored their way to Longtoushan, which is about 23 km from Ludian.

The earthquake has killed 410 people as of 4 pm, August 5 and injured 2373.

Two reporters started off early morning and has been walking more than four hours on their way to the epicenter Longtoushan Township on August 5. Their effort was hampered by two landslides on the way.

The clogged traffic also prevented excavators from going deep into the quake-stricken area. Men from nearby villages were seen walking to Longtoushan holding spades and torches.

Buses from Ludian were also used to whisk volunteers to Longtoushan.

Thousands of people walk from Ludian county to the epicenter Longtoushan Township on August 5 as the road has been under traffic control. Only rescue cars were allowed to drive in.

Local people ride motorcycles to the epicenter Longtoushan Township to help with rescue.


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