China Roads Problematic for Aid Workers

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Chinese soldiers are trying to keep roads open in the aftermath of this month's huge earthquake.

"We are racing against time to repair damaged infrastructure," said Mu Hong, a deputy director at the National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top economic planning body.

He added that some roads had been reopened but only on a temporary basis.

With many roads still impassable, relief organizations find it difficult to get to those who need help.

Meanwhile, tent villages are springing up everywhere in the disaster zone.

Roughly 158,000 people have been relocated away from artificial "lakes" formed during the earthquake.

Chinese soldiers are worried that unstable dams could give way and flood the area.

"We have been told that this is the safest place for us to stay, but we will have to move further uphill if the situation turns out to be worse," said Huangshi villager Liu Yuhua.

The military has been focusing on relieving the pressure in the lakes.

The Chinese government says rebuilding after the disaster will be difficult and take time. And many fear they will live in tents for months.

"When we are able to go back to our home village we will still have to live in these kinds of tents for some time. I don't know how long but we hope it will only be till the end of this year," another villager said.

CBN's Operation Blessing is in the disaster area offering hope and practical help to the villagers.

OB has flown in more than 400 boxes of supplies in the past three weeks.

Officials say the death toll of the China earthquake could be as high as 80,000. 

Source: The Associated Press, Operation Blessing

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