icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm
21 May, 2008 01:31

Russian rescuers return from China

Russian specialists are returning home after helping a search and rescue operation in China, where a powerful earthquake killed more than 40,000 people.

A plane carrying 31 Russians left China on Tuesday night and a second aircraft is set to leave shortly.

Russian specialists say they are returning home because the search and rescue operation in China is winding down. They were the only foreign rescuers who managed to find survivors and pull them out of the rubble.

Russian medics will remain in China for longer.

A powerful earthquake struck China's Southwest on May 12.

Officials say the final death toll is expected to exceed 50,000.