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Death toll in Yunnan quake rises to 589

English.news.cn   2014-08-06 11:48:17

KUNMING, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- Death toll from an earthquake that hit southwest China's Yunnan Province on Sunday rose to 589, with 9 people missing, the provincial civil affairs department said Wednesday.

Among the reported deaths, 504 were in the worst-hit Ludian County and 72 in Qiaojia County.

The bureau's tally showed in addition to the deaths, there were 2,401 people injured in the 6.5-magnitude quake.

The earthquake, the strongest in 14 years in the area, struck at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with its epicenter in Longtoushan Township, Ludian County in Zhaotong City, affecting 1.08 million people in the cities of Zhaotong and Qujing.

The missing people have all been reported in Qiaojia.

Editor: Yang Yi
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