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People are a long way from returning to normal life in southwestern China. One town near the epicenter will never be the same. China's official news agency says that town lost close to 80 percent of its population. Many thousands of people remain buried across a wide area.

Today MORNING EDITION is hearing this morning from NPR's Melissa Block, who followed a couple as they tried to find anyone who could help pull their family from a collapsed building. Rescue workers have to draw what hope they can from this story.

A woman was pulled out of the rubble alive. She'd been buried for 50 hours, more than two days, and she is eight months pregnant.

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