NewsChina earthquake death toll rises to 82

China earthquake death toll rises to 82

Created: 09/08/2022 06:33 am

Nach dem Erdbeben in Südwestchina
Rescue workers in the southwest Chinese city of Moxi build a bridge to carry villagers across a river after the earthquake. © Ye Xiaolong/Xinhua via AP/dpa

Thousands of homes were damaged and roads blocked by landslides. After the Sichuan earthquake, the full extent of the damage became apparent. Thousands of helpers are looking for victims.

Beijing – The death toll from the earthquake in southwest China has risen to 82. More than 270 people were injured, 62 of them seriously, state media reported on Thursday. 35 people were still missing three days after the earthquake. The tremors on Monday had reached a magnitude of 6.8.

In Sichuan Province, Luding County in the mainly Tibetan-populated Ganzi Prefecture and Shimian County near the city of Ya’an were particularly hard hit. The area is one to two hours’ drive southwest of the provincial capital, Chengdu.

A large-scale search and rescue operation involving thousands of helpers has been underway since the earthquake. The military was also mobilized. Thousands of houses were destroyed or damaged. Landslides also occurred, blocking roads.

The province is considered to be particularly prone to earthquakes. In 2008, Sichuan was hit by a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake that killed more than 80,000 people. dpa

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