Veteran SCDF officers recall 2008 Sichuan earthquake

Senior Warrant Officer Ahmad Faizal was part of the contingent that was deployed to help out in the aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008.
Senior Warrant Officer Ahmad Faizal was part of the contingent that was deployed to help out in the aftermath of the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. ST PHOTO: TAN TAM MEI

BEIJING - Cities in the Sichuan region of China are now packed with schools and housing blocks, a far cry from a decade ago when one of the deadliest earthquakes struck the area.

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 and dust.

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