State media estimates nearly twenty thousand people have died in the 7.9 earthquake, and tens of thousands are still buried under rubble. Fifty thousand troops are conducting searches for survivors and delivering aid, but bad weather is making a hard job harder with rain storms triggering landslides, blocking roads. The country's prime minister is personally overseeing the operation. Edward Wong from the New York Times is in Chengdu, where he just came back from the mountainous regions.
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