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China quake death toll climbs to 32,500

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China quake death toll climbs to 32,500


As the daunting task of recovering bodies continues in China, officials now say more than 32,500 people are known to have died in Monday’s massive earthquake. The number of injured has been put at more than 220,000. They say the death toll is likely to rise much higher, however, with some remote areas still to be reached.

Almost a week after the 7.9 magnitude quake and survivors continue to be found; the country’s president has urged people not to give up the search. Experts say a person trapped with no injuries could survive a week or even 10 days, and in extreme circumstances two weeks or more.

Officials in Sichuan province, which was hardest hit by the quake, estimate that more than 10,000 people remain buried in rubble. People are still being traumatised by aftershocks. Humanitarian aid continues to arrive, but there are serious concerns about what lies ahead for the scores of people left homeless.

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