Over 30 killed in 6.8-magnitude quake in Sichuan

By Hou Liqiang and Du Juan | chinadaily.com.cn/Xinhua | Updated: 2022-09-05 13:10
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Fallen debris seen on a road in Luding county, Ganzi Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Sichuan province, Sept 5, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

More than 30 people have been killed in a 6.8-magnitude earthquake that jolted Luding county in Southwest China's Sichuan province on Monday, local authorities said.

China earmarked 50 million yuan (about $7.25 million) from its central natural-disaster relief funds to support rescue and relief work.

The emergency funds were jointly allocated by the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The funds will be used for emergency rescue and disaster relief efforts, focusing on searching, rescuing and relocating the disaster-stricken people, detecting secondary disasters, and repairing damaged houses, among other tasks.

Relief supplies, including some 3,000 tents and 10,000 folding beds, were allocated to Luding county, where the epicenter was located.

The Ministry of Emergency Management has sent more than 1,100 rescue-team personnel and a helicopter to the site, while over 3,600 rescuers from neighboring regions are on standby.

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