Wednesday, 9 August 2017

19 people dead, many injured as earthquake occur in China

On Wednesday tens of thousands people were evacuated to safety in China mountainous southwest after a strong earthquake killed at least 19 people and create worries in a region where memories of a 2008 seismic disaster remain fresh.

The earthquake struck late on Tuesday, causing cracks in mountain highways, triggering rockslides, damaging buildings and sending panicked residents and tourists fleeing into the open.

Thousands of people, many of them are tourists at a popular national park close to the epicentre, were being evacuated to safety after spending a night full of nervousness in the open.

According to AFP, The geographical area's difficulty and the travel restrictions that was quickly imposed by the authorites have prevented a clear picture of the scale of the disaster from emerging.

State news agency Xinhua reported that, "As the result of the earthquake, 19 people were confirmed dead, at least 247 injured and 40 seriouslt injured, according to the local government of Aba prefecture where the epicentre was located."

The quake's epicentre was near Jiuzhaigou, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its karst rock formations, waterfalls and lakes.

The Red Cross Society of China said it was sending emergency specialists and volunteers to the scene, while Save the Children was also mobilizing teams.

Source: AFP

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