Sunday, April 18, 2010

China authorities say 100,000 people will have to be relocated after earthquake in Yushu, Qinghai province

The death toll in the China earthquake rose today as rescue workers moved rubble with their hands in the search for survivors in a remote part of the Tibetan plateau.
More than 600 people are reported dead, 9,000 injured and 300 missing, although hundreds of people have been pulled out alive, according to state media. About 15,000 homes are thought to have collapsed and 100,000 people will need to be relocated, authorities say.Amid warnings that the death toll was likely to rise, the government dispatched more than 3,000 paramilitary police and disaster specialists to Yushu county, Qinghai province, where 85% of buildings are said to have collapsed in some areas.
Rescue teams were coping with gusty winds and altitude sickness, while on the road from the provincial capital, Xining, more than 500 miles away, bulldozers and other heavy moving equipment were being transported into the worst-affected areas of Yushu to accelerate the rescue and rebuilding operation. Driving in the opposite direction were residents taking their injured family members to hospitals and refugee centres in nearby towns....

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