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Chengdu witness: Fear of going home

Zhu Tongtong, a resident of Chengdu, tells the BBC News website about the atmosphere in the city in the wake of the quake that has killed at least 12,000 people in Sichuan.

There are strange scenes on the streets of Chengdu now.

Zhu Tongtong
Zhu Tongtong says some in Chengdu are camping outdoors
It's pouring with rain. There are many people still on the streets even though the government has asked them to go indoors. Shops are closed.

Many are still anxious about the aftershocks and prefer to rent a tent and go into government shelters and to sleep in open spaces.

Others like me have returned home now. I live on the sixth floor and I can still feel the aftershocks. I can feel my room shaking back and forth slightly.

The government has used its system of mass text messages to ask us if we have any umbrellas because it is pouring with rain.

They have asked us to give food and water and whatever we can to help people in the countryside. They have taken over Chengdu airport and flights have been postponed and opened to military planes and rescue teams.

They have acquired many buses in the city to assist the rescue teams and send our troops into the countryside.

Village destroyed

The government has also taken control of gas stations. It won't let private cars get fuel because it has to fuel buses first. Several main highways have been closed down and used to delivery goods to the frontier.

People we know have been affected.

The rescue team has not yet reached the village because the earthquake has destroyed the roads

There's a guy, my neighbour who has relatives who live in Peng Zhou a village near the epicentre. His relatives told him that the village was completely destroyed by the earthquake and 70 people were confirmed dead.

Many others were buried under the ashes. The rescue team has not yet reached the village because the earthquake has destroyed the roads and because of the weather - it is raining hard.

His relatives are very concerned about their property.

Meanwhile people here just don't know what to do because they can't return home as it's dangerous. So many people were just wandering about.



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