Parents sacrifice their life to protect their child
When a tourist bus headed for a hotel after leaving the Jiuzhaigou scenic spot on Tuesday night, the 31 travelers onboard did not realize a disaster was waiting for them.
When the vehicle went on a section of the road lined by trees in the mountainous area, a boulder suddenly tumbled down the hill, hitting the rear end of the bus, reported Chengdu-based Huaxi Metropolis Daily.
Lyu Xinyi, a six-grader from Wuhan in Hubei province, was on the last row of seat on the bus along with her parents. When the boulder hit the vehicle, the girl’s parents used their bodies to protect her who was sitting between them.
The mother died instantly, and the father used his last strength to break the window and push his daughter out of the bus. He later succumbed to his injuries, but his daughter was saved.
Officer leaves behind wife in labor for call of duty
Yue Lin, an auxiliary traffic police officer, was anxiously waiting for the arrival of his second baby at a hospital in Jiangyou city on Tuesday night. He did not notice the earth move when a magnitude-7.0 earthquake hit Jiuzhaigou county some 100 kilometers away because his attention was fixed on the birth of his baby.
Ten minutes after the quake rocked Jiuzhaigou, Yue received a call from his co-worker asking him to report for duty. Although the baby was not born yet, Yang immediately rushed to his post, leaving behind his wife at the maternity ward.
Yue said smooth flow of traffic is a lifeline for rescuers and victims. He could not afford any delay.
Although his wife delivered the baby the minute he left the hospital, Yue has no regret.
Even if I had known the baby had come out, I would have left the hospital right away. Because his life had just begun, but one minute delay by me could have cost the life of another person, he told thepaper.cn.
The section of road manned by Yue is a key passage leading to the quake’s epicenter. He did not get time to call his wife for 18 hours after he was assigned to direct traffic on the road.
Couple feel love of strangers
Kuang Yongbo and his wife Li Ya went to Jiuzhaigou to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their marriage. On the night of Tuesday, the couple was having meal at a hotel in the scenic spot when they felt the earth shake.
Li instinctively tried to dive under a table when a section of a wall near them collapsed. At that moment, Kuang threw himself on top of her to protect her. Later, he found his head was bleeding.
After the shocking moment, the couple went out of the hotel with other tourists to the parking lot to take shelter. Kuang lost one of his shoes in the chaos, and Li, wearing light clothes, shivered in the cold night.
On the way, a middle-aged woman gave Li a T-shirt. "It is a normal T-shirt, but I felt very warm," said Li. She said her husband received a pair of shoes from a bus driver on the way.
Other people also lend them helping hands in the aftermath of the earthquake.
When the couple tried to leave the hotel after the quake, "the hall was covered in broken glass, and my husband was finding it difficult to walk on it as he was wearing only one shoe," said Li.
Seeing the situation, a chef working at the hotel came to their help and carried Kuang out of the place on his back.
The couple, moved by the generosity of strangers, left the disaster-hit area on the last bus on Wednesday because they wanted to see others reach safety first.