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Premier Wen mourns students killed in SW China landslide

2012-10-06 03:17:41 GMT2012-10-06 11:17:41(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Premier Wen mourns landslide victims

Wen hugs a man who lost his child in the landslide

Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday visited the site where a landslide occurred in the village of Zhenhe, Longhaixiang Township of Yiliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province and mourned the 18 students killed in the tragedy.

Premier Wen has called for precautions against possible disasters and urged efforts to do a good job in dealing with things that matters the safety of the people, especially children.

Wen made the call Friday when he visited the site of a landslide which occurred around 8:10 a.m. Thursday in the village of Zhenhe in Yiliang county, southwest China's Yunnan Province, leaving 18 primary school students and one villager dead.

Wen presented a bouquet for the victims and gave his condolences to their families, saying that governments at all levels must prioritize the safety of schools and students while carrying out the rebuilding work.

The victims' families were each given 20,000 yuan (3,160 U.S. dollars) in accordance with compensatory measures enacted after multiple earthquakes hit the county in early September.

The trip marks Wen's second visit to Yiliang since early September. He previously visited the area on Sept. 8, just one day after several earthquakes hit the county, killing 81 people.

The students who were buried in the landslide were attending school during the ongoing National Day holiday to make up classes that were missed due to the September quakes, local authorities said.

Emergency checks at areas launched near landslide in SW China

Rescuers search for victims at the site where a landslide occurred in the village of Zhenhe, Longhaixiang Township of Yiliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 4, 2012. One more body was retrieved on Friday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 19 in a landslide that occurred on Thursday in Yunnan. (Xinhua/Xie Duming)

The Ministry of Land and Resources announced Friday that emergency geological surveys have been launched in areas near a deadly landslide in southwest China's Yunnan Province.

It has also issued a second-level alert for geological disaster, a ministry spokesman said.

Experts sent by the ministry have started working with local forces Friday to check slopes, cliffs and valleys, especially areas with residents for hazards and evacuate locals from dangerous sites, according to the spokesman.

Meanwhile, the spokesman said that the experts are working with local authorities and experts to jointly investigate the landslide, which occurred at around 8:10 a.m. Thursday in the village of Zhenhe, Longhai Township of Yiliang County.

Nineteen people have been confirmed dead in the disaster, of whom 18 were primary school students who had been attending classes at the time of the landslide.

Despite an ongoing National Day holiday, the students were making up for the classes delayed by previous quakes, which hit Yiliang on Sept. 7, leaving 81 people dead and 800 others injured.

Rescuers search for victims at the site where a landslide occurred in the village of Zhenhe, Longhaixiang Township of Yiliang County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Oct. 4, 2012. One more body was retrieved on Friday afternoon, bringing the death toll to 19 in a landslide that occurred on Thursday in Yunnan. (Xinhua/Xie Duming)

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