By Ellen Huber
Nine people have sustained injuries in southwest China’s Yunnan province after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture on Wednesday morning. While no injuries appear to be critical at this time, 11,300 have been displaced, and thousands more face the damage left behind.
The ground first began to shake at 9:45 at the earthquake’s epicenter, which was 11 kilometres below the ground. The epicenter was found to be between Eryuan and Yangbi counties.
The government has reported that 276 houses have been destroyed beyond repair and scores more have sustained damage such as cracking.
Transportation and education infrastructure has greatly been affected as well as utilities such as water, power, and telecommunications.
The Yunnan Provincial Civil Affairs Bureau ordered the distribution of 4,100 tents, 1,200 articles of clothing, and 1,200 quilts for the over 123,000 Chinese affected.
A rescue team of 60 have been dispatched to help those in need by the public security and firefighting department. Adding to the efforts, another rescue team has sprung into action at the instruction of the Yunnan provincial disaster relief and civil affairs authorities.
Together, and in addition to police, firefighters, and medical aids, over 430 workers are assisting in the earthquake’s aftermath. The high number of affected persons will prove to challenge the efficacy of these different organizations and their individual and combined efforts, and China’s response to natural disasters in general.
Just last month, Eryuan, near the earthquake’s epicenter, experienced 5.5 magnitude earthquake, injuring 30.