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In pictures: Quake recovery

Injured earthquake victims receive treatment from medical personnel at a makeshift hospital in Dujiangyan on Thursday

Three days after a massive earthquake hit Sichuan province in China's south-west, the recovery operation continues.

A man is pulled alive from the rubble in Hanwang Town, Mianzhu City, after 44 hours underground - in a photo from Wednesday just released by Xinhua

Soldiers and rescue workers are trying to pluck dwindling numbers of survivors from the rubble. More than 20,000 people are missing, feared buried.

A picture of a missing couple is posted on a notice board bearing the names of earthquake survivors at a hospital in Deyang, Sichuan province, on Thursday

This list of names of survivors at a hospital in Deyang will bring relief to some. But hopes fade for many who remain missing - such as this couple, whose picture is pinned to the notice board.

An aerial view of the badly stricken town of Yingxiu in Wenchuan county, released by Xinhua

The scale of the damage - shown in this view of Yingxiu, Wenchuan county - presents a huge challenge even for China's mighty army, and people have been asked to donate basic equipment.

People line up to donate blood to Sichuan earthquake victims at a blood donation unit in Shanghai on Thursday

The public response has been impressive. Queues of blood donors formed in Chinese cities, and a fundraising drive has reportedly collected 877m yuan ($125m) so far.

Charity workers raise funds towards the quake relief operation in Taipei, Taiwan, on Thursday

Strains in ties with China's neighbours have been put aside - at least temporarily - with Taiwan and Japan contributing money, equipment and expertise.

Parents grieve after identifying their child at a destroyed school in Dujiangyan on Thursday

But the response makes little difference for some - such as these parents, who have just identified the body of their child at the ruins of a school in Dujiangyan.

Zhang Jiachi, who lost both his arms after his school collapsed in Shifang in Monday's quake, looks on while his mother cries at a hospital in Deyang on Thursday

While for others - such as this young boy, Zhang Jiachi, who lost both arms when his school collapsed in Shifang - the life ahead now looks very different.

Chinese quake survivors attempt to salvage belongings inside their destroyed home on Thursday in Dujiangyan

Many who had little to begin with, now have nothing.

A relative of earthquake victims lights incense and candles as a last tribute to the dead near the rubble of a collapsed building in Dujiangyan

Amid the frenetic activity, there is time to mourn as the bodies continue to come.

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