Veteran officers recall 2008 Sichuan quake

Senior Warrant Officer Ahmad Faizal has been with Dart since 1999, and has been on various overseas missions.
Senior Warrant Officer Ahmad Faizal has been with Dart since 1999, and has been on various overseas missions.ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI

Recalling the scene in the city of Shifang, in north-east Sichuan, in 2008, Senior Warrant Officer Ahmad Faizal said the magnitude-7.9 earthquake had destroyed most of the buildings - including two schools - and left the streets covered in rubble.

He was part of the 55-strong Operation Lionheart contingent that was activated to aid in disaster relief following the Sichuan earthquake.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'Veteran officers recall 2008 Sichuan quake'. Print Edition | Subscribe