Beijing: Chinese state media say a grandmother has died while shielding her 15-month-old granddaughter from being crushed by a landslide that toppled their house around them.
State broadcaster CCTV played footage today of rescuers in southwestern China`s Sichuan province retrieving the child from the rubble of her home after being trapped for seven hours.
Rescuers described how the child`s grandmother, Pan Guofen, apparently used her body to protect the child against a large concrete slab, forming an arch by kneeling on all fours, her hands clenched into fists.
The child was safely ensconced under the arch but her grandmother`s head was crushed by a brick and did not survive. Torrential rain has triggered floods and landslides in Sichuan in recent days.