Relief efforts continued on Tuesday in China’s mountainous Sichuan province following an earthquake that left at least 192 people dead.
According to the government’s latest toll from Saturday’s disaster, 11,470 people were injured and 23 others remain missing.
Rescuers were racing against the ticking “critical first 72 hours” in the search for those unaccounted for, the official Xinhua news agency said.
On Monday, state broadcaster CCTV broadcast footage of an operation to rescue 200 tourists who were trapped in a mountainous resort.
The footage showed rescue workers drilling rocks in preparation for blasting in order to clear blocked roads.
On Saturday, a 10-year-old boy was rescued by his father after being buried for six hours under rubble.
Huang Xiao was transferred from Ya’an to a hospital in the provincial capital, Chengdu, on Sunday night where he remains in stable condition, CCTV reported.
His father said more than 100 people joined the efforts to rescue the child.
“I had to run. Our house completely collapsed. And I couldn’t find my child. But he answered when his uncle shouted out his name,” said Huang Zhongmin.
“I went to save my child. The wall had not completely collapsed at that time and it suddenly came down when the aftershock struck. When it came down, it hit my ligament and damaged the muscle,” he added, displaying his wounded leg.
Emergency teams in orange jumpsuits and helmets have fanned out in the affected communities in rescue efforts.
Across the province, China’s full range of disaster response was on display: trucks with X-ray equipment, phone-charging stations and even a tent for insurance claims.
The efforts showed that the government has continued to hone its disaster reaction – long considered a crucial leadership test in China – since a much more devastating earthquake in 2008, also in Sichuan, and another one in 2010 in the western region of Yushu.
The Foreign Ministry said that Beijing is turning away foreign offers of assistance, saying China is capable of handling it on its own.
(Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)