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In pictures: China rescue work

Rescue effort in Beichuan, Sichuan, China

A massive relief effort is under way in Beichuan and other areas of China's Sichuan province after Monday's devastating quake. WARNING: VIEWERS MAY FIND THE FOLLOWING IMAGES DISTURBING.

Damaged road in Beichuan, Sichuan, China

Damaged roads in Beichuan and elsewhere, along with poor weather, have hampered relief efforts.

Chinese man mourns in Dujiangyan, Sichuan

Dozens of students were killed when the Juyuan Middle School collapsed in Dujiangyan city.

Chinese rescuers evacuate a survivor from a collapsed road in Beichuan, Sichuan

Beijing has deployed tens of thousands of troops to the affected areas to lead the rescue work.

Quake damage in the town of Hanwang, Sichuan

The quake - of 7.9 magnitude - struck on Monday at 1428 local time (0628 GMT).

A student helps his schoolmate stranded in the ruins of a high school in Beichuan County

In Beichuan alone, 80% of buildings collapsed, killing up to 5,000 people.

Rescue workers carry out a young boy from the rubble of a collapsed house in Dujiangyan

This boy was rescued from the rubble of a house in Dujiangyan.

Quake scene in Mianyang

Residents negotiate a huge rock dislodged by an aftershock in the Mianyang area.

Victim in Dujiangyan, Sichuan

There are harrowing reports of collapsed schools and factories across the region.

Chinese women weep in Dujiangyan

Every second is vital in saving the lives of those trapped, China's leadership has said.




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