18 Schoolchildren Buried & Killed in Yunnan Yiliang Landslide

Soldiers are digging the buried.

A house collapsed in the landslide.

From NetEase:

18 Elementary School Students killed in Yunnan Yiliang Landslide

October 4th around 8 o’clock, a landslide happened in Yunnan Province Yiliang County Longhai Village Zhenhe Country Youfang Villagers’ Unit. This landslide completely buried Youfang Elementary School, with 18 students buried under the collapsed school building.

A house collapsed in the landslide.

A gaint rock brought down by the landslide.

A side of the mountain is collapsed.

October 3, Yunnan Yiliang, the landslide caused houses to collapse.

People are at the scene where the school is buried.

People are at the scene where the school is buried.

People are trying to save the buried.

Soldiers are digging the buried.

At October 4 around 8am, in Yunnan Yiliang County, a landslide happened in Longhai Village Zhenhe Country Youfang Villagers’ Unit.

From QQ:

Before and After Photos of the Elementary School Buried in the Yunnan Yiliang Rockslide

Before and after the elementary school is buried in Yunnan Yiliang landslide.

The upper picture was taken in September 2009, the original state of Tiantou Elementary School before the landslide. The lower one was taken on October 4, 2012, the devestation following the landslide.

The original state of Qiantiantou Elementary School before the landslide.

The original state of Qiantiantou Elementary School before the landslide.

At 8:10 am, October 4, a landslide happened in Yunnan Yiliang, causing the entire school building of Tiantou Elementary School to be buried. So far, the landslide has taken the lives of 18 Tiantou Elementary School students. Pictures are of the original state of Tiantou Elementary School before the landslide.

Comments from NetEase:

天梯 [网易安徽省合肥市网友]:

A country that has realized 62% of its Great Revival, yet still provides children with houses built from mud and grass.

[Note: The “Revival of the Chinese Nation” or “Common Mission for the Revival of the Chinese Nation” figure refers to an index created by Yang Yiyong, director of the Institute of Social Development Research at the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It attempts to quantify China’s progress towards becoming a first-world nation through statistical data such as China’s Gross National Income. In 2007, the figure was at 46%. Recently, Chinese netizens were amused when the figure was cited as 62%, and soon became an internet meme, which has appeared multiple chinaSMACK translations.]

秋意正浓0 [网易山东省潍坊市网友]: (responding to above)

Fuck, a building like this, where the fuck is the happiness supposed to be? Get lost CCTV.

朝鲜平壤市网友 [网易浙江省宁波市网友]:

Now matter what problem is used to explain this, ultimately it’s still an institutional/systemic problem.

红妆巅峰 [网易山东省威海市网友]:

18 young and precious children’s lives!
China [referring to government officials], if you just drank one less bottle of alcohol each year, the several thousand kuai [saved] would be enough for them to build/repair/improve their buildings!

qd112277 [网易山东省青岛市网友]:

Students, students, schools, classrooms. Which bastard dares to step out and take responsibility?

蒋大光头 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

Why were students still having classes during the holiday?

loly001 [网易河北省承德市网友]:

Seeing a classroom like that, there’s nothing that can be said.

铁花村刘书记 [网易上海市浦东新区网友]:

The Education Bureau ought to be the first to be eviscerated [have people fired]!

不说会死啊 [网易江苏省南京市网友]: (responding to above)

The Education Bureau has spoken: “Let’s talk about it after the holiday is over.”

网易江苏省徐州市网友 ip:180.124.*.*:

Damn, right now children nationwide don’t have classes, yet something bad happens to those attending class?

高级趣味的人 [网易广西北海市网友]:

Take a look at their county government building, then look at the school these kids were in! I so want to skin these beasts alive!

Comments from QQ:

腾讯怀化市网友 425244245:

I have no words for this! Last night at home during Xinwen Lianbo, it was only barely mentioned, with no deeper report whatsoever, so the moment I got to the office in the morning I had to read the news online. Just what kind of homeland is this???

腾讯网友 九头鸟文化传:

From here several problems can be seen: 1. The construction of the village schools are not sturdy enough, the ZF only cares about superficial appearances, and only builds the schools in the cities well and proper, and sturdy. 2. The building materials of this village school is still wood, and one can easily imagine just how uncommon that is in this day and age 3. Ultimately, it’s also that the higher authorities did not do their jobs well. Schools are a nation’s most important source of human talent. An old wooden school building should’ve become an antique/relic long ago, so why is it still in use??? Perhaps to ask one more question, how is the local party secretary going to solve this??

腾讯甘肃省网友 舂□迗□の□:

Aren’t [schoolchildren] supposed to be on vacation/holiday? Why are there still children having classes?

腾讯网友 □ □ 獨洎 、:

Brother has shed tears, man’s tears!!

腾讯网友 草青青:

My heart aches so badly, I, too, have a child, and if I were a parent whose child was lost in this disaster, I don’t know how I would face it. I’m in tears.

腾讯网友 流星:

October 4th about 9pm, provincial Deputy Party Secretary and provincial Governor Li Jiheng arrived at the disaster area, visiting and consoling refugees and armed police officers and soldiers, and held an emergency meeting at the scene to arrange and deploy search and rescue missions for those buried and other work /// Being a government leader sure is difficult.

腾讯网友 鬼□キョ:

How small man is in the face of nature. Rest in peace, rest in peace. Don’t know if these children will get help from the 30 million yuan donation.

腾讯网友 409242214:

Is this reporter an idiot? Why not report detailed information of the building’s structure/construction and who built it, so our country can know where the money invested in education goes every year? It must be reveled to the public.


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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