The death toll from the 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck Yunnan has climbed to 381, Xinhua said this morning, while at least 1,800 more people were injured.
At least 12,000 homes collapsed in Ludian, a county with a population of 429,000 located some 366 kilometers northeast of Kunming, Yunnan’s capital. The houses were old and made of brick, according to Xinhua. Power has also been cut off in the area.
The quake hit around 4:30 p.m. yesterday at a depth of 12 kilometers. Residents who spoke to Xinhua reporters described the aftermath as “battlefield after bombardment.”
Over 2,500 troops were dispatched to the region, while the The Red Cross Society has offered supplies to the thousands left homeless in the disaster.
CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit the province, a mountainous region prone to such natural disasters, in the past 14 years.
“The aftermath is much, much worse than what happened after the quake two years ago,” one resident said in a Xinhua report. “I have never felt such strong tremors before. What I can see are all ruins.”
[Images via Xinhua // People’s Daily]