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(Video) Sichuan earthquake tests new Chinese leadership

News   •   Apr 26, 2013 12:57 UTC

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck southwest China’s Sichuan province on Saturday (April 20) and China’s newly elected government faced its first serious test.

The earthquake has killed 196 people. Dozens are still missing, and thousands of people are injured and homeless. The authorities were quick to respond to the crisis. Within five hours of the quake, Premier Li Keqiang flew to the epicenter to oversee the search and rescue operations.

Although tragic, the scale of the destruction was small compared to the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake. Back then, 90,000 people died or went missing including thousands of school children. Throughout the week, the government, NGOs and civilians have been praised for its response to the crisis and for the lessons learned the hard way since 2008.

On ‘Third Angle Insight’ we look at how the situation in Sichuan developed throughout the week and bring unique testimonies from Chinese reporters in the quake-zone.

Watch the video on gbtimes.comComplete coverage of the Sichuan earhquake