A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit Ludian County in southwest China's Yunnan Province at 7:11 p.m. on Feb. 8. The PLA troops and militiamen rushed to the affected area for rescue soon after the earthquake.
An air force missile brigade conducted a drill with demobilized servicemen in reserve forces to sharpen their combat readiness in case of a major personnel reduction, according to an official release on Wednesday.
After working for two consecutive nights, service members and reserve forces with the Bijie Military Sub-Command of the PLA have successfully rescued around 1,000 people trapped by floods in Qimo Town at Zhijin County of southwestern China's Guizhou Province on June 30, 2016.
China's PLA Navy has a long tradition of summoning demobilized sailors and officers to participate in military drills, PLA Daily said, dismissing speculation that the Chinese military is preparing for militarization in the South China Sea.
For days, the military sub-commands in such regions as Suzhou, Wuxi and Changzhou have put more than 3,200 militiamen, more than 80 vehicles and boats into flood-fighting operations, transferring more than 1,500 people, and reinforced more than 5,600 meters of levee.