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Earthquake
   2014-08-05 11:10:55    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Qin Mei

A 6.5-magnitude earthquake strike Yunnan province last Sunday, with the death toll rising to 398.
上周日,云南省发生6.5级地震,造成至少398人死亡。

Rescuers are battling frequent aftershocks(余震) and heavy rains to search for survivors(幸存者) in the rubble(瓦砾) after a 6.5-magnitude(震级) earthquake rattled southwest China's Yunnan Province Sunday, killing at least 398 people and injuring 1,801 others. More than 12,000 houses have been toppled and 30,000 damaged in the quake zone(地震灾区). The quake has also cut(切断) traffic(交通), electricity(电路) and telecommunications(通讯) in Ludian County.

Aftershocks have triggered landslides(滑坡) and cracked(摧毁) many bridges, forcing rescuers(救援人员) to walk on foot(步行) to the quake-hit area(地震灾区).

The landslides blocked(堵塞) a river in Hongshiyan Village, forming a barrier lake(堰塞湖) that threatens(威胁) 800 villagers.

Local authorities have dispatched(派出) more than 7,000 rescuers to the quake zone, including troops(军队), police officers, fire-fighters and government officials. In a race to save more lives, the Red Cross Society of China and some non-governmental organizations have also sent relief supplies(救援物资) to Ludian.

重点词汇 Key Words:

地震 dì zhèn
earthquake

Related Words:

[yú zhèn] 余震 aftershocks
[hǎi xiào] 海啸 tsunami
[ní shí liú] 泥石流 mud slide
[tái fēng] 台风 typhoon
[huǒ shān bào fā] 火山爆发 volcanic eruption
[shā chén bào] 沙尘暴 sandstorm
[hóng lào] 洪涝 flood
[hàn zāi] 旱灾 drought

救援 jiù yuán
relief

Related words:
[jiù yuán wù zī] 救援物资 relief supplies
[jiù yuán rén yuán] 救援人员 rescuers
[sǐ wáng] 死亡 dead/killed
[shī zōng] 失踪 missing
[shòu shāng] 受伤 injured

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