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In pictures: Beichuan evacuation

People leaving Beichuan 17/5/08

Rumours that a river close to Beichuan had burst its banks and that water was set to flood the area sparked panic in the quake-hit city on Saturday.

People leaving Beichuan 17/5/08

Rescuers and quake survivors alike immediately evacuated the city. The BBC's Paul Danahar in Beichuan described it as a "stampede".

People leaving Beichuan 17/5/08

Panicked people ran as fast as they could from city which was largely destroyed in Monday's quake.

Man with baby climbing into truck 17/5/08

Some were lucky enough to have a vehicle in which to flee.

Old people being transported on cart 17/5/08

These old people, unable to run, were placed in a bicycle cart for the evacuation.

Medical workers carry injured victim on stretcher

Medical workers ran with injured victims on stretchers.

Old lady being carried by rescue worker 17/8/08

And this old lady had to rely upon the efforts of a young rescue worker who carried her on his back.

Medics evacuating injured man 17/5/08

The evacuation meant that all rescue work was suspended, forcing medics to leave people who were still trapped behind.

People climbing hills above Beichuan

People clambered up onto the steep hills surrounding the city to seek refuge, though the feared deluge did not occur.




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