C hina was last night facing the fallout from its worst natural disaster in three decades with at least 9,000 people known to have been killed in a massive earthquake that struck the mountainous province of Sichuan. Tens of thousands more people are feared dead or trapped in the rubber with 80 per cent of buildings reportedly razed to the ground in many areas by a quake that registered 7.8 on the Richter scale.
7.8 --CliffordCoonan(2008 5 13 ) 4. 05 / 2008 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A student helps his schoolmate trapped in the rubble of a high school in Beichuan County in southwest China. 10. A soldier gives a wounded woman water at the earthquake-hit Beichuan County. 11. 12. Injured students receive medical checksnear the debris of a collapsed buildingat Juyuan Middle School.A survivor is seen among therubble of a collapsed building. 13. Soldiers carry a wounded child out from a collapsed building. 14. A soldier holds back relatives trying to enter a collapsed school building 15. An earthquake survivor displays a placard with names of her missing relatives and asking for their whereabouts as she walks around a sports stadium turned evacuation center in Mianyang City. 16. A collapsed school in Juyuan 17. Relativescry next tothe recoveredbody of a studentnear a school. 18. 19. Mothers cry next to the recovered bodies of students laid out on the playground. 20. Relatives comb the hair of a dead student at the playground of a school. 21. A mother holds the body of her son at the playground of a school. 22. Students take part in a candle-lit vigil for victims 23.