Gansu Quake Death Toll Rises to 89
   2013-07-23 07:27:43      Web Editor: Xing Yihang

Photo taken on July 22, 2013 shows a damaged house in quake-hit Majiagou Village of Minxian County, northwest China's Gansu Province. Eighty-nine deaths have so far been confirmed in the 6.6-magnitude earthquake which jolted a juncture region of Minxian County and Zhangxian County in Dingxi City Monday morning. [Photo: Xinhua/Tu Guoxi]


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The death toll from Monday's 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Gansu has risen to 89.

Over 500 others have been injured, with 60 in serious condition.

Another 5 are listed as missing.

CRI's Su Yi has more.

At least 400 aftershocks have been recorded following yesterday morning's earthquake in the city of Dingxi.

The strongest aftershock has measured 5.6 on the Richter Scale.

The earthquake has toppled some 12-hundred houses and severely damaged another 21-thousand.

Two helicopters and some 3-thousand search and rescue personell have been deployed to the region, which is located about 200-kilometers south of the provincial capital, Lanzhou.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs has sent 10-thousand tents, 30-thousand quilts and 10-thousand sleeping bags to the region.

Du Chaoren is the chief of staff of the Gansu fire corps.

"Right after we got the earthquake report from the fire brigade in Minshan County, we launched our contingency plan immediately. We have sent out 6 teams, 360 soldiers. They are now rushing to the scene."

Chinese President Xi Jinping has issued a statement, calling for the "utmost efforts to reduce casualties".

Premier Li Keqiang has been working to gather more professional rescue forces to join the search and rescue work.

Telephone services in most parts of the Minxian and Zhangxian counties remain cut off.

Several towns in Minxian are still without power.

Baktiar Mambetov is a regional delegate for the Red Cross.

"Very soon, they will be in need of food and water. They are going to need sanitation - those who are living in the damaged structures, in the damaged and collapsed homes - they will need some emergency shelters as well."

Heavy rains have been hampering the search and rescue work.

Several minor landslides have also been reported in the area, which has been innondated by days of heavy rains.

For CRI, I'm Su Yi.

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