Thirty-two people were injured and over 70,000 residents affected by the 5.3-magnitude earthquake that shook Yunnan province on Saturday morning, Xinhua reports.
The quake hit the county around 6:40 a.m. on Saturday and resulted in flattened houses, suspended transport and damaged electricity and communication facilities.
Of the 71,200 residents affected, 21,000 had to be relocated. The local government provided 2,150 tents and basic necessities to victims now living in temporary shelters across the county.
Five people were severely injured, but more than 1,300 rescuers are searching debris for possible trapped victims.
At least 48 schools were damaged across six cities, a government official told Xinhua, adding that there were no casualties from schools as the students were on holiday for Tomb Sweeping Day.
Sichuan’s government came under investigation after the tragic 7.8 earthquake in 2008 that left over 5,000 children dead, mostly because of badly constructed school buildings that collapsed almost immediately when the quake hit.