BEIJING, Aug. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- So far 381 people have been confirmed killed in magnitude-6.5 earthquake that’s rocked Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. The quake struck Zhaotong city at 4:30 pm Sunday, Beijing Time. It’s the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years.
Tremors were felt 300 kilometers away in the provincial capital Kunming. The power supply in up to 10 towns and townships was cut, affecting 38-thousand households.
Power was restored to some 19-thousand this morning. Civil affairs authorities have sent 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats.
The Yunnan provincial earthquake administration has sent a 30-member team to the epicenter. They’re set to hold a meeting to evaluate the situation. Police and paramilitary officers have been dispatched to the worst-hit areas. More rain is expected in the coming three days, which could hamper rescue work.