The previously bustling city of Mianyang (绵阳), Sichuan’s second largest city and an important military and nuclear base with a population of 5.7 million, is now nothing but a ghost town. As of June 5, Mianyang had a death toll of 21,963. Another 167,742 were injured, and 8,743 people missing. The remaining residents have been evacuated as the nearby Tangjiashan quake lake threatens to burst anytime soon. Meanwhile, prime minister Wen Jiabao (温家宝) continues to impress by flying down to the dangerously swollen lake for a third time, and showing he means business with his “zero casualty” target. Engineers are working round the clock to drain the lake.