At least 7,000 people dead in China

A powerful earthquake is reported to have killed at least 7,000 people in China‘s south-western Sichuan province, up to 5,000 of them in just one county.

Many more are feared killed and injured in other parts of the country after the quake, which had a magnitude of 7.8, struck at 1428 local time. At least 50 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a school where an estimated 900 students were buried.

President Hu Jintao has urged “all-out” efforts to rescue victims. The epicenter of the earthquake was about 92km from Chengdu, Sichuan’s provincial capital. Because the earthquake struck in the middle of the day, it is feared that many schoolchildren may be among the victims.

There is no other comment here, only sorrow!


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