380 dead in earthquake

An earthquake struck south-west China yesterday killing 380 and injuring more than 1,800. It hit the area, which is prone to tremors, at around 16.30 local time and is reported to be the biggest in 14 years.

State media has reported 12,000 homes collapsed in the Ludian province with Qiaojia County the hardest hit in terms of fatalities. The Chinese government is sending 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats in order to aid the suffering people of the region.

People were seen rushing out of collapsing buildings and the death toll is still increasing whilst the rescue operations spread to the smaller villages around the province. Electricity lines were down and sadly a school collapsed too, however fortunately, no children were present.

The south-west of China has suffered before with a quake killing tens of thousands in Sichuan in 2008. 

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