Death Toll from Earthquake In China’s Sichuan Province Rises To 66

Beijing, The death toll from this week's earthquake in south-west China's Sichuan province has risen to 66.

In addition, more than 200 people have been injured, as 50 of them are in serious condition, state media reported today. More than 10 are still considered missing.

The Luding area, some 200 kilometres south-west of the provincial capital Chengdu, was the hardest hit in Monday's 6.8-magnitude quake.

The earthquake destroyed homes and caused landslides. Many streets were still blocked off today. Electricity and water supply and communications were disrupted.

A large-scale search and rescue operation are under way, with thousands helping with recovery efforts. The authorities also mobilized the military to assist.

There were several aftershocks, with the strongest measured at a magnitude of 4.2.

Source: Oman News Agency