Tragic Pictures Of China’s Twin Earthquakes Reveal Destruction Of Lives And Homes

At least 89 are dead. More than 21,000 buildings damaged; 1,200 have collapsed.

1. Twin earthquakes rocked China’s northwest province of Gansu. The death toll is 89, with more than 500 people injured, according to the latest reports.


2. Around 700 rescue workers were present and more than 2,000 soldiers, 300 police, 50 medical staff, and 2 helicopters have been sent to the area, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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3. The government of Dingxi city said on a social media account that 14 people were still missing.

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4. Twelve people were buried in one location, reported the state-run broadcaster CCTV.

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5. Electricity and communication were cut in the two worst affected areas.

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China Stringer Network / Reuters

9. The earthquakes, with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.6, caused landslides burying many crudely-made local homes in the hilly farming area of Dingxi city, reported the AFP.

China Daily / Reuters

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