RT August 03, 2014 19:18 ShortURL
A child drinks milk from a bottle at a hospital after being injured in an earthquake in Ludian county of Zhaotong, Yunnan province August 3, 2014 (Reuters / Wong Campion)
The death toll keeps rising after an earthquake measuring from 6.1 to 6.5, according to different estimates, hit China’s southwestern Yunnan province. The latest number of dead is nearing 400 while the number of injured is 1,900 people.
Sunday, August 3
China quake death toll rises to 367, about 1,900 injured, according to state media reports.
About 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian county, where some 429,000 people live and that is located around 366 kilometers (277 miles) northeast of Yunnan's capital, Kunming.
"The aftermath is much, much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago," Ma Liya, a resident of Zhaotong tells Xinhua. "I have never felt such strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins."
More than 2,500 troops have been sent to quake zone to help in the rescue. The civil affairs authorities has sent 2,000 tents, 3,000 folding beds, 3,000 quilts and 3,000 coats to the quake region. AP reports that the Red Cross Society of China allocated quilts, jackets and tents for those made homeless by the quake, while Red Cross branches in Hong Kong, Macau and neighboring Sichuan province also sent relief supplies.
At least 175 people were killed and 1,400 injured in the earthquake, state media reports.
At least 120 of the dead were from Ludian county, which Chinese state television said was at the epicenter of the quake.
Another 1,300 people also from the county have been injured and 180 remain missing, Yunnan's information bureau reported.