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    Hundreds killed as strong quake hits Southwest China

    August 04, 2014

    Rescuers are battling frequent aftershocks and heavy rains to search for survivors in the rubble after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday, killing at least 367 people and injuring 1,801 others, a Xinhua News report said.

    The strong quake had struck at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time) with a depth of 12 km. The epicenter is in Longtoushan Township, 23 km southwest of the county seat of Ludian, in Zhaotong City, the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC) reported.

     

    In Zhaotong, the quake has left 296 people dead in Ludian, 60 dead in Qiaojia County and caused another death in the city's Zhaoyang District, according to the Yunnan Provincial Department of Civil Affairs.

     

    Meanwhile, in Huize County of the neighboring Qujing City, the quake has killed 10 people. In addition, five people are reported missing, including three in Qiaojia and two in Huize, and 57,200 residents need to be transferred to safe areas, according to the department.

     

    In instructions issued late Sunday night, President Xi Jinping has ordered that authorities concerned give top priority to saving people's lives, minimize casualties and guarantee a proper settlement for quake victims.

     

    He has called for all-out efforts in relief operation and strengthening aftershock monitoring to prevent secondary disasters.

     

    More than 12,000 houses have been toppled and 30,000 damaged in the quake zone. The quake has also cut traffic, electricity and telecommunications in Ludian County.  Aftershocks have triggered landslides and cracked many bridges, forcing rescuers to walk on foot to the quake-hit area.

     

    The landslides blocked a river in Hongshiyan Village, forming a barrier that threatens 800 villagers.lake.(KH)

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