Militia forces fight in frontline of flood prevention, disaster relief work

China Military Online
Li Jiayao
2024-04-29 19:47:51

Militiamen walk across the landslide area to the rescue scene.

Recently, multiple cities and counties in central and northern parts of south China's Guangdong Province have suffered torrential rain, and rivers have risen rapidly. In the next few days, heavy rainfall will continue, which makes the flood control extremely severe. Guangdong Provincial Military Command of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has quickly mobilized militia emergency forces to fully engage in flood prevention and disaster relief work.

In this flood disaster, multiple landslides occurred in Jiangwan Town, Shaoguan City, communication optical cables were damaged by heavy rain and contact with other areas was seriously affected. On the morning of April 20, more than 20 members from the People's Armed Forces Department in Ruyuan County took the initiative to join the advance team and went to Rucheng Town to explore the road to Jiangwan Town. After eight hours of arduous marching, they finally arrived at Jiangwan Town at 10 p.m., becoming one of the first batch of rescue forces to enter the disaster-stricken area, and provided valuable on-site information for subsequent disaster relief troops.

On the afternoon of April 21, the People's Armed Forces Department in Huaiji County, Zhaoqing City received an emergency call from the county's No. 1 Middle School. The teaching building was surrounded by floodwater, with the deepest water level approaching two meters, and several teachers and students were trapped and urgently needed evacuation. 15 members of the Yueshan militia company immediately rushed to the rescue scene with life jackets, raincoats, rubber boats and other equipment. In subsequent rescue operations, more than 140 militias from Huaiji County were dispatched. After fighting continuously for nearly 17 hours, they successfully evacuated more than 2,600 people and transported more than 90 batches of relief supplies.

Militiamen transfer trapped students.

At 2 p.m. on April 23, the militia emergency detachment in Lianshan Zhuang and Yao Autonomous County, Qingyuan City received an urgent order from the Qingyuan military sub-command to deal with the risk of piping in the Pajiang River flood storage and detention area of Qingcheng District. Two militia emergency platoons quickly headed to the mission area. Dozens of militias fought continuously for over seven hours and transported more than 6,000 sandbags, successfully eliminating the piping risk at 10:30 p.m.

Militiamen transfer sandbags to build the dam.

According to the leader of the PLA Guangdong Provincial Military Command, they will pay close attention to climate change and disaster damage, and strictly implement the 24-hour duty system to ensure immediate response at critical moments and resolutely protect the safety of people's lives and property.

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