Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 38 in China’s Sichuan

The death toll from the Panzhihua earthquake is rising as authorities send emergency relief teams to the area. From Bloomberg:

Authorities are sending 6,500 tents and 20,000 quilts to areas of Sichuan affected by the latest earthquake, and 3,200 tents and 3,000 quilts to Yunnan, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said on its Web site today. Rainstorms forecast in the coming week may make relief work more difficult, Xinhua said.

More than 258,000 houses were damaged and 152,000 people were displaced, the ministry said. Seven reservoirs, 22 highways and three bridges were also damaged, Xinhua reported.

In Yunnan, more than 130,000 homes were destroyed, affecting 600,000 people, according to the news agency’s report, which cited civil affairs officials in the province.

Read also “Quake Brings Grim Repetition to China” from the Washington Post.

September 1, 2008 4:14 PM
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