More Rescues Five Days After China Quake

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Rescuers have pulled three survivors to safety, five days after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Yushu county in China's Qinghai Province.

A 4-year-old girl and 68-year-old woman were lifted from their collapsed mud-built home, placed onto stretchers and taken away by ambulance.

The woman is reported to be in critical condition while the child is suffering heart problems due to trauma.

Relatives used bamboo poles to send food and water through gaps to keep the two alive.

"When the earthquake happened the house fell and they were buried under here," a woman whose name was not given said. "We sent them food every day."

China Central Television also reported a third person freed from the rubble of a hillside house that toppled after the quake.

Nearly 2,000 people were killed in the April 14 quake and more than 12,000 injured.

Efforts are now being shifted to help the thousands of residents left homeless.

The area affected is elevated and temperatures can drop to below freezing. Snow is expected in coming days, which could also hinder relief efforts.

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