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Landslide kills 23 in village in China

China landslide sichuan gengdi Landslide kills 23 in village in China
Wilma Wheeler | 11 August, 2017, 01:20

Over two million tourists come from within China and the world over annually to see the richly hued turquoise-colored lakes and perforated karst landscapes.

The death toll has risen to 20, with 431 injured, after a 7.0-magnitude quake in southwest China's Sichuan Province Tuesday night, local authorities confirmed Thursday.

The tourists were taken to safer areas including the cities of Mianyang and Chengdu.

On Wednesday morning, another strong quake struck in far northwestern China, some 2,200 kilometers (1,360 miles) away. A tourist, surnamed Liu, said that they had stayed up all night.

With rain in the forecast for Jiuzhaigou region, meteorologists caution of the potential for further disasters, including flooding and landslides, in the coming days.

It is peak tourist season there, and a number of tourists were among the dead, Xinhua reports.

Rescue workers evacuating a man injured during a landslide at Gengdi village, in Puge county in China's Sichuan province, yesterday.

The Sichuan fire service said the reception area in a hotel had collapsed, trapping some people, but that 2,800 people had been safely evacuated from the building. As of 1pm, all flights from the airport had been delayed with scores of passengers stranded.

It added that 19 people had been killed, but most of those injured were not seriously hurt. According to the Legal Evening News, they were acting out a scene about a deadly 2008 natural disaster that struck nearby and killed almost 90,000 people.

At least 32 people were injured and more than 1,000 homes were damaged, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The 6.5 magnitude quake struck in a mountainous region near the Jiuzhaigou Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and rock formations.

Relief goods, including 580 tents, 1,000 quilts, 160 camp beds and 415 boxes of mineral water, have been dispatched to the quake-hit area.

Wednesday's quake hit a sparsely-populated area of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region close to the Kazakhstan border, the USGS said.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 6.5 and said it struck at a depth of just 9 kilometers.

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