China quake leaves thousands without drinking water

Earthquake survivors in south west China's Sichuan province are in urgent need of drinking water, said state news agency Xinhua.

Sichuan Red Cross estimated that drinking water in Ya'an City will run out within three days despite rescue workers' efforts in delivering supplies to quake-hit area.

A boy reacts as his mother tries to hold him in front of their damaged house. Credit: Reuters/Jason Lee
Children on the roadside hold a sign that reads "no food, no tent" and "Five hundred people lack drinking water". Credit: Reuters/Aly Song