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China Quake Casualties May Rise Sharply

Posted by feww on May 14, 2008

UPDATE # 3 – China Quake

Latest China Quake Statistics

Aftershocks: USGS has so far recorded a total of 41 aftershocks following the 7.9 magnitude mainshock that struck china’s Eastern Sichuan region. The latest quake, a 5.4 magnitude aftershock, struck 95 km NW of Chengdu, Sichuan, on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 10:54:38 AM [Time at epicenter.]

Casualties

[As reported by China’s Xinhua News Agency as of May 14, 2008 at 01:52:20 local time ]

  • Death toll: More than 12,000 victims
  • Injuries: 26,206 recorded cases
  • Buried in Debris: 9,404 victims are still buried in debris
  • Missing: 7,841 people remain missing


Photo taken on May 13, 2008 shows the scene of the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Beichuan County is badly damaged in Monday’s quake, with great numbers of buildings collapsed and landslides around the county. (Xinhua Photo and caption)


Rescuers clear the rubbles at a elementary school in Liangping County of southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, May 12, 2008. Based on the latest government statistics, there are 11 killed, including five pupils, and more than 2.13 million people affected in the earthquake in Chongqing. (Xinhua/Li Jinfa. Xinhua caption).

A rescuer tries to help a stranded student out of debris at Wudu Primary school in Hanwang Town, Mianzhu City, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, May 13, 2008. Teachers and students of the school are buried, the aftermath of Monday’s earthquake. (Xinhua Photo and caption)


A boy of Beichuan middle school wait for rescuers at the earthquake-hit Beichuan County, about 160 kilometers northeast of the epicenter of Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, May 13, 2008. Beichuan County is badly damaged in Monday’s quake, with great numbers of buildings collapsed and landslides around the county. (Xinhua/Li Gang. Xinhua caption). Images may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice.

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Government and Public Response:

About 20,000 soldiers and armed police are in the disaster areas in Sichuan Province and another 30,000 soldiers are joining the rescue operations, China’s Defense Ministry said.

Central government has allocated 860 million yuan (122.86 million U.S. dollars) as disaster relief to the areas affected by the earthquake cluster.

The public have donated 221.67 million yuan (31.66 million U.S. dollars) in cash and goods, according to the Ministry of Civil Affairs. (Source)

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