100 Feared Dead, Thousands Injured In China Earthquake

Vastavam web: A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled southwest China late Tuesday, killing at least seven people, with up to 100 feared dead, according to a government estimate. Seven people died and 88 were injured in the quake, including 21 seriously, the official Xinhua news agency said. It said that at least five of the dead were visitors to the touristic area. The state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported that nine people had died, including six tourists, with over 130 injured.But China’s National Commission for Disaster Reduction estimated that as many as 100 people may have perished, based on 2010 census data of the mountainous, sparsely populated region.
Over 130,000 houses may be damaged, it added in a statement posted on its website, based on a preliminary analysis of the disaster in a remote region of Sichuan province.
President Xi Jinping called for “all-out efforts to rapidly organize relief work and rescue the injured people”, according to Xinhua. Restaurant owner Tang Sesheng fled her establishment in Jiuzhaigou town after she felt the earth moving under her.