Death Toll Rises to 94 in NW China Quake
   2013-07-23 21:21:15    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Sun Wanming


 

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                 Rescuers Make All-out Efforts in Quake-hit Area in NW China

The need for accelerating the construction of quake-proof housing has been urged in Gansu Province, where an earthquake has killed at least 94 people.

An initial investigation showed that the quake had toppled some 51,800 houses.

Wang Lanmin, head of the Gansu seismological bureau, said most of the collapsed houses were adobe rooms that could not withstand a strong earthquake.

The adobe houses built on the loess and stone hills were the worst-hit.

The quake-stricken region has experienced over 400 aftershocks so far, with the strongest measuring 5.6 in magnitude.

Local authorities in the area have relocated 226,700 people and rescue efforts are still underway.
Rescuers have been working to assist victims near the epicenter of the earthquake, where major roads are temporarily blocked.

Wang Xiaoming, a senior official from the provincial medical department, stated that by midday Tuesday, the earthquake had injured over 900 people in the cities of Dingxi and Longnan.

"We have activated medical resources from all the province and got help from Shaanxi and Qinghai provinces. Currently the medical resources are enough and we are strive to make every injured people to be cured from death."

Soldiers, firefighters and more than 300 local paramilitary personnel have been dispatched to the quake zone to help with rescue efforts.

No casualties have been reported in schools so far.

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