BEIJING, Sept. 5 — A 6.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Luding County, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China‘s Sichuan Province at 12:52 p.m. on Sept. 5. According to the latest CCTV update (at 11:16 p.m., September 5), 46 people lost their lives in the earthquake, including 29 deaths reported in Ganzi and 17 in Ya’an; in addition, 16 people are missing and 50 others injured.
After the earthquake, the People’s Armed Police (PAP) sent troops to rush to the earthquake-affected area for rescue operations emergency and disaster relief. Among them, the Ganzi Detachment under the PAP Sichuan Coprs sent 30 armed policemen to the epicenter of Detuo Village, Luding County, to conduct an investigation of the earthquake’s affection, the clearance of the roads and the evacuation of local residents. The Second Mobile Detachment of PAP Sichuan Coprs sent 95 servicemen equipped with life detection equipment and forcible entry tools and 15 rescue vehicles including excavators and loaders to the epicenter. PAP Sichuan Corps General Hospital dispatched an emergency medical team to Luding country to provide emergency care, first aid and evacuation of the injured. The team left with ambulances, surgery cabin vehicles, epidemic prevention and decontamination vehicles and medical supplies. At 4:00 p.m. on September 5, more than 1000 PAP service personnel arrived at the Luding earthquake and engaged in emergency rescue and disaster relief operations.