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Chinese premier visits area devastated by quake

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Chinese premier visits area devastated by quake


Thousands of police, soldiers and fire fighters are working around the clock to find survivors following an earthquake in south western China over the weekend.

The tremor, which measured 6.5 on the Richter scale killed at least 410 people and injured over 2,300 more.

Adding to the destruction, the quake triggered landslides that have blocked rivers and could overflow in the affected counties in Yunnan province.

Meanwhile, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang visited people injured in the disaster.

He went to the People’s Hospital of Ludian Country, one of the closest medical facilities to the epicenter of the quake.

China’s state new agency said Yunnan’s provincial government and the Red Cross have pledged over 6.7 million euros in disaster relief.

Quarentine measures to prevent epidemics have also been implemented by authorities.

Amid all the heartache there have been moments of joy for some families.

After a one-hour rescue operation
in Longtoushan Township, a young boy trapped in a collapsed two-storey building.

He is now recovering in hospital.

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