ALGERIA: Sifting Through Quake Ruins

El Asnam buries its dead

"The hospital walls suddenly split open in front of me. I saw the hole and I jumped through it."

Abdelkader Mayouf, 24, a medical technician in the Algerian town of El Asnam, recalled his escape as he gazed upon the ruins of the modern, four-story hospital where he had worked. Mayouf had been luckier than the 300 patients who were trapped in their beds when the earthquake struck.

Rescue teams continued to search for other possible survivors in the tangled debris of El Asnam last week, but with dwindling chances of finding life. Instead, with increasing frequency, they...

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