Monday, 12 May 2008

Thousands dead in Chinese quake

A powerful earthquake has killed at least 8,500 people in China's south-western Sichuan province, up to 5,000 of them in just one county.
Many more have been killed and injured in other parts of the country after the 7.8-magnitude quake struck. At least 50 bodies have been recovered from the rubble of a school where an estimated 900 students were buried. Nine hours after the quake, Xinhua reported, a rescue team had still not been able to get to Wenchuan. The earthquake was China's worst since 242,000 people were killed in 1976 by the Tangshan quake.
Sichuan province is the most populated part of China - home to 87 million people. The BBC as ever has excellent info on this here including a short video. There is a Guardian video here. This online newspaper also has a good interactive short introduction here. Another article here

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