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Buried Man Saved Almost 129 Hours After Quake

A 46-year-old man was saved alive Saturday night after being buried for almost 129 hours in the rubble in the quake-ravaged southwest China's Sichuan Province, but he was immediately sent to hospital to have his legs amputated.

The survivor, Zhang Xiaoping, was pulled from a collapsed residential building at about 11:06 PM in Dujiangyan, a city southeast of the epicenter of Monday's 7.8-magnitude earthquake, the Wenchun County, rescuers said.

"He is still in danger," rescuers said.

Into the sixth day since the devastating earthquake, China's worst in more than 30 years, rescuers, including more than 130,000 troops, were still struggling to pull possible survivors from debris of collapsed houses, schools and factories.

The Information Office of the State Council put the quake death toll at 28,881 nationwide as of 2:00 PM Saturday. In Sichuan alone, more than 28,300 died, and at least 10,600 people remain buried, said Sichuan Province Vice Governor Li Chengyun.

(Xinhua News Agency May 18, 2008)

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