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Chinese grandma shields kid from landslide, dies

Last Updated: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 17:57

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.


First Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 17:57
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