The official death toll in the Sichuan earthquake has been revised upwards to 32,477. Deaths have also been recorded in Gansu, Shaanxi, Chongqing, Henan, Hubei and Yunnan. Within Sichuan, the Mianyang and Deyang regions suffered the most fatalities, with estimated deaths of 11,874 and 10,341 respectively. 209,900 people are reported injured, and the final death toll is expected to exceed 50,000
Very strong aftershocks continue to rock the region on a frequent basis, triggering mudflows, and further hampering rescue efforts (see Al-Jazeera report on the right). It also did not help that a very powerful storm hit Chengdu yesterday. Editor of English-language magazine Chengdoo Joe tweets about the new long crack on the ceiling of his apartment.
Shanghaiist’s contacts in Chengdu say a lot more tents are popping up all over the city as many of the survivors have been moved from other quake-ravaged regions to the relative safety of the provincial capital. Some of these tents were blown away by yesterday’s storm, and camping stores are said to be cashing in on the shortage of tents, selling small tents for as much as RMB500.