China clears roads to earthquake epicentre, dying toll rises to 74 By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Rescue employees arrange tents at a shelter following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Moxi city, Luding county, Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan province, China September 5, 2022. China Each day by way of REUTERS/File Picture

BEIJING (Reuters) -China has reopened roads resulting in the epicentre of Monday’s 6.8 magnitude earthquake within the southwestern province of Sichuan and site visitors has resumed, state media reported on Wednesday, whereas the dying toll has risen to 74.

As well as, a complete of 259 individuals had been injured within the catastrophe and 26 remained lacking as of Tuesday night time, the Individuals’s Each day reported.

The strongest earthquake to hit the province since 2017 destroyed quite a few buildings and precipitated extreme injury to energy and water infrastructure in addition to telecommunications.

Rescuers had rushed to achieve stranded individuals, restore utilities and ship emergency aid, whereas 11,000 individuals had been evacuated on Tuesday from Luding county, the place the quake was centred.

Early on Wednesday, China Earthquake Networks Centre recorded a magnitude 3 aftershock on the epicentre, at a depth of 12 km (7.5 miles).

Climate forecasters have additionally warned of the prospect of heavy rains within the area till Friday.

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