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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Chinese Military Evacuates Millions

According to China’s Xinhua News, Chinese military forces have helped evacuate more than 1.33 million people from regions hit by the May 12 earthquake. Since the quake devastated China's southwest Sichuan Province, nearly 190,000 People's Liberation Army forces, armed police and militia have been deployed in disaster rescue and relief. According to the State Council Information Office, nearly 1.5 million people had been evacuated from the quake-affected areas. During the rescue and relief mission, an Mi-171 military transport crashed 7.5 km (5 mi) from Yingxiu on May 31. Searchers found the crash site after a 12-day search. The five crew are the only reported servicemen killed during the rescue and relief mission. A memorial ceremony was held for them in Beijing yesterday. For related news
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