127,100 people evacuated after southwest China's earthquake   2011-03-12 10:00:54 FeedbackPrintRSS

 Three people with severe lumbar injuries are transfered to a transport plane of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at an air port in Tengchong, southwest China's Yunnan Province, March 11, 2011. Two PLA transport planes were put into the quake-relief operations on Friday. (Xinhua/Liu Yinghua)

BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- About 127,100 residents have been evacuated to safety after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province Thursday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Saturday.

As of 10 p.m. Friday, the earthquake has left 25 people dead and more than 250 others injured including 134 seriously, the ministry said in a report.

All the casualties were reported in Yingjiang County, with the surrounding counties including Longchuan, Lianghe, Ruili and Luxi reporting damages of thousands of houses or apartments, it said.

The earthquake has affected the production and life of about 344,600 residents in the five counties.

The earthquake destroyed 18,445 houses and apartments and left 55,345 others seriously damaged, the ministry's figures showed. 


Mobile communication restored in China's quake-hit Yingjiang

BEIJING, March 12 (Xinhua) -- Mobile telephone services have been resumed in Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province after a 5.8-magnitude earthquake hit the region, Chinese telecom operators said Saturday.

China Telecom, one of China's major telecommunications companies, said its CDMA base stations in Yingjiang and the neighboring Lianghe County were all back to service. Full story


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