Woman pulled out of debris alive 67 hours after quake

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

LUDIAN, Yunnan -- Relief workers saved a 50-year-old survivor 67 hours after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted southwest China's Yunnan Province, pulling her out of debris Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Liao Tengcui suffered serious injuries on the waist and head and could not move her left leg when rescuers extracted her from a pile of rubble in Yinping Village of Longtongshan Township, said Wang Lei, a member of China International Search and Rescue Team participating in the rescue.

Liao was still conscious at the time of rescue, Lei said. Rescuers rushed her to the hospital for treatment.

The survivor's daughter was unhurt in the quake but unable to find any help because of cut communication lines. She stayed by her mother's side and encouraged her to wait for rescue.

In two other rescue cases, a 76-year-old man was pulled out of rubble Tuesday at 5 p.m. in Babao Village.

An 88-year-old woman was also rescued unhurt in the same village 1.5 hours later.

As of Wednesday 10:30 a.m., the earthquake's death toll reached 589 victims with nine people missing after the tremor hit Ludian County of Yunnan at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, the provincial civil affairs department added. (PNA/Xinhua)

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