Eyewitness: Rescue in Beichuan 现场目击者的报道：营救北川的幸存者
The force of the earthquake that hit China's Sichuan Province can be seen in
what remains of the town of Beichuan.
and villages have been badly hit but Beichuan has been wiped off the
The town lay in a narrow
valley between high, forested mountains.
And when the earthquake struck, rocks and boulders tumbled down on to the town below.
Walking through the streets, you can see the damage is so bad that it is difficult to image what Beichuan looked like before disaster struck.
The roof of a market has collapsed and fruit and vegetables lie rotting on the floor.
And everywhere there are reminders that just a few days ago this was a thriving small town.
Washing is still hanging on the balconies of destroyed apartment blocks and a child's textbooks lie scattered on the floor.