How Do These Disaster Areas Look 7 Years After the Sichuan Earthquake?

Li Yangyang outside her home on May 14, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)
Li Yangyang outside her home on May 14, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

Although houses, schools, factories, and even streets can be rebuilt, old memories will never fade away from people’s minds.

After a magnitude 8.0 earthquake hit Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008, official figures stated that 69,227 were confirmed dead, 374,643 injured, and 17,923 listed as missing.

Since then, seven years have passed. Although debates and conflicts over the post-disaster reconstruction have never stopped, the victims’ physical and mental wounds are slowly healing.

The disaster areas have been reconstructed and progress made. Life kept going on…

However, it’s hard to say goodbye to those places they called home.

Ruins and rebuild, before versus after

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Wenchuan County on May 12, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Wenchuan County on April 18, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

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Xuankou Middle School on May 17, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Xuankou Middle School on May 12, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

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Dujiangyan on May 14, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Dujiangyan on April 30, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

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Yingxiu town, Wenchuan, on June 2, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Yingxiu town, Wenchuan on April 29, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

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Beichuan Middle School on May 17, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Beichuan Middle School on April 11, 2012. (Image: news.163.com)

This street in Beichuan County was rebuilt in the unique style of the Qiang people, and is now called Beichuan Commercial Street.

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Beichuan County on May 15, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Beichuan Commercial Street on May 11, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

On May 14, 2008,  7-year-old Li Yangyang stood in front of her collapsed house in Chaoyang Village. Four years later, when she turned 12 on May 1, 2013, she was photographed in front of her family’s new house.

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Li Yangyang on May 14, 2008. (Image: news.163.com)

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Li Yangyang on May 1, 2013. (Image: news.163.com)

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