Armed police rescue team rushing to quake-hit area

Updated: 2013-04-20 13:18


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CHENGDU - An armed police rescue team with large machinery is rushing to the area hit by a 7.0-magnitude quake in Southwest China's Sichuan province.

The team is expected to arrive at the epicenter at 5 pm, according to armed police sources.

Forty rescue crew members and six large pieces of machinery, including loaders and excavators set off at 10 am, 400 kilometers away from Lushan county, the epicenter of the earthquake.

The majority of the crew members have experience in major disaster rescue efforts.

Another armed police rescue team, consisting of more than 200 members with equipment is also on its way.