398 dead after China quake as rescuers seek survivors

The death toll from a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit southwestern China on Sunday has climbed to 398, according to state media reports on Monday.

China has dispatched thousands of armed police, soldiers and firefighters to the scene. Premier Li Keqiang visited the town on Monday, according to the Xinhua news agency, urging a quick rescue for those missing and trapped by debris.

The quake, in a remote part of Yunnan province, caused thousands of buildings to collapse, according to Xinhua.

The quake’s epicenter was Longtoushan in the province’s mountainous Ludian county.

This earthquake was the most severe one the region has seen in a century,  according to Xinhua.

Source: Reuters

 

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