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Sichuan Earthquake Recovery

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Last Saturday, a destructive earthquake struck China's Sichuan province, near the epicenter of the devastating 2008 earthquake, damaging thousands of structures and triggering landslides in the mountainous region. As of yesterday, the death toll stood at more than 200, with nearly 12,000 injured, 23 still missing, and tens of thousands made homeless. The quake was measured at magnitude 7.0 by China's earthquake administration and magnitude of 6.6 by the U.S. Geological Survey. Rescue teams and government aid personnel have struggled to reach the affected area, as many roads were damaged. [39 photos]

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A rescuer walks in front of a damaged building after Saturday's earthquake in Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 22, 2013. Rescuers struggled to reach a remote, rural corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 208 with 11,000 injuries. The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an in the southwestern province of Sichuan, close to where a devastating 7.9 quake hit in May 2008, killing 70,000. (Reuters/Aly Song)
A rescuer walks in front of a damaged building after Saturday's earthquake in Lingguan town of Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 22, 2013. Rescuers struggled to reach a remote, rural corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country's worst earthquake in three years climbed to 208 with 11,000 injuries. The 6.6 magnitude quake struck in Lushan county, near the city of Ya'an in the southwestern province of Sichuan, close to where a devastating 7.9 quake hit in May 2008, killing 70,000. (Reuters/Aly Song)
People walk on rocks fallen due to a landslide triggered by a strong quake in Baosheng Township, Lushan County, on April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Zhang Xiaoli) #
A boy rides a bicycle among debris after Saturday's earthquake in Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Aly Song) #
A portrait of late Chinese Chairman Mao Zedong is torn by cracks on a wall after Saturday's earthquake, in Longxing village, Lushan county, on April 23, 2013. The Chinese characters (L) on the wall read "Bless you". (Reuters) #
A man sits in front of the houses destroyed by an earthquake which hit Lushan county in Ya'an, on April 20, 2013. (AP Photo) #
Rescue workers search through the rubble of a building destroyed by an earthquake in Qingyuan village of Baoxing county, on April 22, 2013. The efforts under way Monday in mountainous Sichuan province after a quake Saturday that killed at least 188 people showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction -- long considered a crucial leadership test in China -- since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu. (AP Photo) #
A clock hangs amid the debris of a collapsed house after a strong earthquake, at Longmen village, Lushan county, Ya'an, on April 20, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
61-year-old survivor Wang Mingkai, after a strong earthquake hit a village in Lushan county of Ya'an, on April 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Rescuers make their way along a street in search of survivors after an earthquake hit Lushan County in Ya'an City, on April 21, 2013. Thousands of rescue workers combed through flattened villages in southwest China in a race to find survivors from the powerful quake as the toll of dead and missing rose past 200. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) #
A child sits at a makeshift tent in front of homes destroyed by Saturday's earthquake in Longmen village in Lushan county, on April 21, 2013. (AP Photo) #
Tents outside a hospital light up at night after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. The Chinese characters on the tent read "Disaster relief". (Reuters/Stringer) #
A newborn baby, born in a relief tent, is attended by medical staff after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
People walk beside a crack in the road after Saturday's earthquake in Baoxing county, Sichuan province, on April 21, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
A boy holds his mother's leg as he cries in front of their damaged house after a strong earthquake it Longmen village, Lushan county, on April 21, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
A rescue worker helps a sniffer dog down from a truck along a road in southwestern China's Sichuan province, on April 22, 2013. After dynamiting through landslide-blocked roads, Chinese relief crews hurried food, water and other supplies into the rural hills of Sichuan province on Monday. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier guides cars past the debris of a landslide caused by Saturday's earthquake, at the side of a road to Lingguan township, in Baoxing county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Men run past the debris of a landslide caused by Saturday's earthquake, on the side of a road to Lingguan township, in Baoxing county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Jason Lee) #
Rescuers carry a paralyzed man from his damaged house in Qingren township in seriously damaged Lushan county after an earthquak hit the city of Ya'an, on April 20, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescuers evacuate an injured survivor onto a military helicopter two days after an earthquake hit, in Ya'an City, on April 21, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #
A woman whose relatives were killed in Saturday's earthquake cries while sitting on a pile of rubble in Lingguan township in Baoxing county, on April 21, 2013. (AP Photo) #
This photo taken on April 21, 2013 shows volunteers entering the disaster-hit area on a truck in Ya'an. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Residents ride on a motorcycle past a damaged car on a street after Saturday's earthquake in Lingguan town of Baoxing county, on April 21, 2013. (Reuters/Suzie Wong) #
Chen Liujun carries books out of her classroom after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. Chen and her fellow third-year high school students in Lushan were transferred to Chengdu to complete their high school education and prepare for the coming college entrance exams in the provincial capital, reported local news. (Reuters/Stringer) #
The head of a horse statue decapitated by Saturday's earthquake sits near tents set up for residents displaced by the quake in Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
People charge their mobile phones at a relief center in the county seat of Lushan, on April 22, 2013. The tent village that sprang up in two days to house quake survivors in mountain-flanked Lushan is no ordinary refugee camp. China's full range of disaster response is on display: Trucks with x-ray equipment, phone-charging stations, bank tellers-on-wheels -- even a tent for insurance claims. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
A girl holds a candle in her hands while people gather to pray for disaster-hit Yaan in Daqing, northeast China's Heilongjiang province, on April 21, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescue workers carry shovels past collapsed houses in Lushan county after Saturday's earthquake, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
A rescuer watches as excavators clean up a road which is blocked by a landslide after Saturday's earthquake, in Baoxing county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
Yang Huan cries while waiting for workers to clear a landslide, in which she believes her husband is buried, after Saturday's earthquake, near Lingguan town of Baoxing county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Aly Song) #
A woman walks past a shop destroyed by the earthquake in Gucheng village in Longmen county, on April 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
A rescue worker sterilizes a damaged house after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/Darley Shen) #
A woman rests on a makeshift bed setup outdoors near Shangli town in southwestern China's Sichuan province, on April 21, 2013. Residents awoke Sunday after spending the night outdoors or in their cars in a town near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake that struck the steep hills of Sichuan province. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
People stand near a van on a road blocked by a large boulder after a strong earthquake, in Longmen village, Lushan county, on April 20, 2013. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Villagers carry the coffin of a man killed after an earthquake hit Lushan, Sichuan Province, on April 22, 2013. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rescue workers carry a pig out from a damaged house after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, Ya'an, on April 22, 2013. (Reuters/China Daily) #
A child gets treatment in a military field hospital in the county seat of Lushan, on April 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) #
A woman stands on top of a collapsed house in Longmen township, one of the seriously-damaged towns in disaster-hit Ya'an, on April 23, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Local residents have a family meal outside their damaged home after the earthquake in Yaan, southwest China's Sichuan province, on April 22, 2013. Tens of thousands of homeless survivors of China's devastating quake are living in makeshift tents or on the streets, facing shortages of food and supplies as well as an uncertain future. (AFP/Getty Images) #
Survivors and rescuers make their way along a damaged road after an earthquake hit Lushan County, on April 21, 2013. (AFP/Getty Images) #

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