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China quake death toll hits 410

English.news.cn   2014-08-05 15:45:31

Panoramic photo taken on Aug. 5, 2014 shows quake-hit Longtoushan Town of Ludian County, southwest China's Yunnan Province, Aug. 5, 2014. At least 398 people have been killed after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled the province Sunday afternoon. The epicenter of the strong quake is in Longtoushan Town. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)
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KUNMING, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese authorities have updated the death toll from the earthquake that hit southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday to 410 with 12 people missing.

As of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the 6.5-magnitude quake has also left 2, 373 people injured and necessitated the emergency evacuation of 230,000, said the provincial government.

The quake, the strongest to hit the region in 14 years, struck at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday (Beijing Time) with its epicenter in Longtoushan Township, Ludian County in Zhaotong City.

Nearly 80,000 rooms collapsed and 124,000 rooms were seriously damaged.

Thousands of police, firefighters and soldiers have been mobilized for rescue efforts which are being made difficult by poor road conditions in the remote mountainous area.


Rescue is priority in quake relief: premier

LUDIAN, Yunnan, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang on Monday visited the epicenter of Sunday's deadly Yunnan earthquake, saying no effort must be spared to save lives in the relief work.

After flying to Yunnan Province in southwest China from Beijing, Li immediately went to Longtoushan Township, the site of the epicenter and where the casualties and building demolitions were highest. Full story

China deploys troops, aircraft to Yunnan quake zone

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of armed police, firefighters and soldiers, as well as eight planes have been rushed to southwest China's Yunnan Province, which was hit by a deadly 6.5-magnitude earthquake Sunday.

The Chengdu Military Area Command has dispatched six helicopters and deployed more than 4,000 servicemen and paramilitary reserve forces to the quake zone. Full story

Countries extend condolences over China's deadly earthquake

BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Some countries and organizations have extended condolences to China over a deadly earthquake which jolted China's southwestern province of Yunnan on Sunday, and had left nearly 400 people dead.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to Chinese President Xi Jinping in the wake of the earthquake, the Kremlin said Monday. Full story

Editor: Yang Yi
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