A total of 22 chefs from Chongqing Municipality voluntarily cook for more than 6,000 quake survivors and 1,000 rescuers in Xiaoba Township, Anxian County, Mianyang City. The rice served per day alone weighs about 1.5 tons.
Within two minutes, some 900 students and teachers from Central Primary School of Lirang Township, Liangping County, Chongqing Municipality, were evacuated safely via the only stair aisle in the teaching building, when the quake occurred. The school resumed operations on May 19.
Up to May 26, six policemen from the Xuankou Township police station of Wenchuan County (the epicenter) had dug out eight dead bodies bare-handed; evacuated more than 100 students from the local primary school; and transferred 1.4 million yuan cash (about $200,000) from the local bank in wooden boats.
Xi Xi, a giant panda missing in the quake, was found alive in the forest near the Wolong Panda Research Center, after being reported missing for 13 days. The falling rocks broke the center's fence on May 12, and Xi Xi was reported missing since then.
A total of 26 markets, providing daily necessities for quake survivors, will be set up in the worst damaged quake areas, including Mianyang City. According to the source, the markets will be exempted from booth fees; in order to prevent the drive-up of prices, the authorities will strictly supervise the price and quality of products in the market.
Xue Yueqing, 75, a doctor from the Zhengzhou Bone Hospital, central China's Henan Province, was approved to aid disaster-relief work in Sichuan Province, on May 25. Xue also participated in relief work after the Tangshan earthquake some 32 years ago.
A vagrant in Chongqing Municipality donated 150 yuan ($22) to quake-affected survivors on May 25. He had been saving up for seven years.
(Compiled from Beijing Evening News)