China earthquake: Death toll jumps to 23, over 70,000 people evacuated

Beijing: The death toll from an earthquake that scared a scenic region of southwest China's Sichuan province rose to 23 on Friday as authorities found three more bodies.

The Aba prefecture emergency response office said in a statement that the bodies were found inside a bus in a river valley in Zhangzha. It did not give more details about what had happened to the vehicle.

File image of the resuce operations after the China earthquake on Tuesday. Reuters

File image of the rescue operations after the China earthquake on Tuesday. Reuters

The statement said at least 493 were injured in Tuesday's 6.5-magnitude earthquake, which struck Jiuzhaigou, a popular tourist destination with a national park, forested mountains and over 140 lakes that have been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from quake-hit towns and villages, state media reported.

The tremor evoked memories of a devastating 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the region in 2008 that left 87,000 people dead or missing.


Updated Date: Aug 11, 2017 22:35 PM

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