Wednesday, April 14

Update: Northwest China Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 300

The death toll had risen to about 300, with an additional 8,000 people injured, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The China Earthquake Administration said phone lines were down, hindering rescue efforts, while workers were racing to release water from a man-made lake where a crack had formed after the quake.

In Jiegu, a township near the epicentre, more than 85 per cent of houses had collapsed, while large cracks have appeared on buildings still standing, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Zhuohuaxia, a local publicity official, as saying.
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