September 1, 2008

Southwest China Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 40

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

[Xinhua: "Death Toll Rises To 40 in Southwest China Earthquake"]

Huili, Sichuan, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) - Two more deaths were reported Monday afternoon in Huili County, bringing the death toll from the 6.1-magnitude quake that struck southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces on Saturday to 40, according to local authorities.

The county in Sichuan reported 25 deaths as 8 a.m. Monday.

The Ministry of Civil Affairs announced on Monday night that the quake had injured 675 people as of 4 p.m. Monday in the two provinces.

More than 392,000 houses collapsed or were destroyed and about 181,000 people were evacuated. A total of 941,000 people were affected, said the ministry.

The quake jolted Huili and Panzhihua, both in Sichuan, and autonomous prefectures of Chuxiong, Dali, Lijiang and Zhaotong cities, all in Yunnan Province. Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, was also hit.

Most of the fatalities were in Huili, Chuxiong and Panzhihua, which sit on the southern end of the fault line involved in the massive May 12 quake that left more than 69,000 people dead and nearly 18,000 missing.

More than 15,120 tents, 20,000 quilts and 15 million yuan (about 2.2 million US dollars) in aid have been allocated to the quake areas in Sichuan. The Yunnan provincial government will allocate 30 million yuan for quake relief apart from tents and quilts, according to the ministry.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 1433 1 Sep 08.

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