China earthquake death toll rises to 74

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit China’s mountainous southwest rose to 74 on Wednesday. Thousands of people were evacuated to temporary shelters.

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan province on Monday, according to the United States Institute of Geological Survey (USGS) – the world’s benchmark organization for earthquakes.

A hilly area

The epicenter is in Luding Township, an area of ​​valleys, rushing rivers and narrow roads on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, about 200 kilometers west of the provincial capital of Chengdu.

Forty people died in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze and 34 in neighboring Shimian Township, the People’s Dailythe newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

More than 21,000 people have been evacuated from areas prone to landslides or building collapse, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

More than 20,000 people evacuated

Rescuers are still trying to reach isolated villages to help the inhabitants and find potential survivors. Dozens of people are still believed to be stranded or missing.

“My head was stuck between two columns and my legs between tables”, explained to the provincial media Red Star News a woman stranded for nearly five hours in a collapsed hotel in the town of Moxi, badly affected by the earthquake.

Monday’s tremor also shook buildings in the provincial capital Chengdu, whose 21 million people are currently confined to their homes due to an outbreak of Covid-19. At least 13 aftershocks of magnitude 3 or greater have been recorded since the first quake, according to the China Center for Seismic Networks (CENC).

Read Also:  EA Football Club 25 Career Mode Updates: Latest News and Information

Recent Articles

Related News

Leave A Reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here