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156 dead, thousands injured in China quake

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International News | Sunday April 21 2013 10:33

156 dead, thousands injured in China quake


A powerful earthquake has struck the steep hills of China's southwestern Sichuan province, leaving more than 150 people dead and more than five-thousand injured, nearly five years after a devastating quake wreaked widespread damage across the region.

The quake, while not as destructive as the one in 2008, has toppled buildings, triggered landslides and disrupted phone and power links in mountainous Lushan county.

The village of Longmen was hit particularly hard, with authorities saying nearly all its buildings have been destroyed.

Rescuers have turned an outside area into a triage centre, where medical personnel bandage bleeding victims, while others blast away boulders that have fallen to block roads.

Photo: Getty Images

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