Aerial shots taken by air rescue personnel show the extensive damage caused by the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that shook Ludian, Yunnan province yesterday, leaving nearly 400 people dead or missing and at least 1,800 more injured.
Around 12,000 houses collapsed and 30,000 more were damaged in the quake, Xinhua said, adding that many residential buildings in the densely-populated area were old and made of brick.
The quake hit around 4:30 p.m. yesterday at a depth of 12 kilometers. Residents who spoke to Xinhua reporters described the damage in the wake of the disaster as looking like a “battlefield after bombardment.”
The death toll is expected to rise as rescue teams search the rubble for victims.
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