Earthquake hits southwest China, two killed, 200 injured

By Xinhua

Beijing : Two people were killed and at least 200 injured after a strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 hit a county in southwest China's Yunnan province Sunday morning, an official source said.

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The earthquake shook the old town of Hani and Yi autonomous county of Ning'er in Pu'er city at 5:34 a.m. Sunday, with the epicentre at 23.0 degrees north latitude and 101.1 degrees east longitude, according to the latest information from the China Earthquake Administration.

By 9:20 a.m. the earthquake has left two people dead, 15 seriously injured and 192 others slightly hurt in the county, about 80 km from the city centre, said sources of the rescue work headquarters.

Some houses near the county collapsed and roads are severely destroyed. The communication network, and water and power supplies to the county are also affected.

The government of Pu'er city has allocated one million yuan for relieving the disaster. The provincial civil affairs department are sending 2,000 tents, 2,000 quilts and 2,000 items of clothes to the stricken area.

Residents in Lincang city and Dai autonomous prefecture of Xishuangbanna in the south of the province, about 300 km from the epicentre, have also felt the tremor.