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A total of 130,000 PLA (People's Liberation Army) soldiers participated in relief work after an 8.0-magnitude earthquake struck southwest China's Sichuan Province at 2:28 p.m. on May 12, 2008.

Jiang Wanliu, senior reporter with the PLA Daily, captured their rescue operation by taking on-the-spot pictures in Sichuan Province, between May 13 and 27.
9:49 a.m., May 14, 2008. Medical teams from the PLA make their way to Beichuan County, one of the worst damaged areas in the quake
12:29 p.m., May 14, 2008. Medical staff from the armed police force carry first-aid packages to a rescue site
12:34 p.m., May 14, 2008. Medical staff from the armed police force shift disaster-relief supplies
12:52 p.m., May 14, 2008. Chengdu Military Region Medical Team provides treatment inside a makeshift hospital tent
1:20 p.m., May 14, 2008. PLA soldiers pull out another survivor from the rubble
1:21 p.m., May 14, 2008. After receiving first aid the injured are transferred to a safety zone for further treatment
7:30 p.m., May 14, 2008. A member of the medical team cares for a five-year-old girl just rescued
6:02 a.m., May 15, 2008. Cranes roar outside the collapsed Beichuan Middle School day and night
6:05 a.m., May 15, 2008. Armed policemen take turns to rescue victims at the remains of Beichuan Middle School
9:57 a.m., May 15, 2008. A fire fighter from the armed police force comforts a 12-year-old girl whose left leg was pinned under floor slabs
10:27 a.m., May 15, 2008. PLA rescuers pull the girl out of the rubble
10:31 a.m., May 15, 2008. PLA medical team gives immediate treatment to the child just rescued
11:11 a.m., May 15, 2008. Orthopaedics experts from Navy medical team prepare to amputee the leg of Li Yue
11:31 a.m., May 15, 2008. Li Yue was carried out of the debris after her amputation
11:44 a.m., May 15, 2008. The medical team offers after-surgery treatment to Li Yue
11:46 a.m., May 15, 2008. PLA rescuers rush to transfer Li Yue to an ambulance waiting at the highway 3 km away
12:55 p.m., May 15, 2008. The engineering corps under the Second Artillery Corps rush to repair damaged roads
9:51 a.m., May 16, 2008. Exhausted PLA rescuers nap during a short break amid rescue efforts in Beichuan County
10:29 a.m., May 16, 2008. The engineering corps under the Second Artillery Corps try to open the vault at the Rural Credit Cooperative Union of Beichuan
10:39 a.m., May 16, 2008. Rescuers dig to recover the vault
11:03 a.m., May 16, 2008. Technology to the rescue
12:12 p.m., May 16, 2008. Officials and fire fighters begin to search for one more survivor
12:52 p.m., May 16, 2008. Medical staff inspect first-aid packages at the rescue center, where immediate treatment is given to the wounded
1:08 p.m., May 16, 2008. A man buried for more than 90 hours under a collapsed government building in Beichuan County is pulled out
1:12 p.m., May 16, 2008. Another survivor is fished out from under the Beichuan governmental building

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