After the devastating earthquake in China, rescuers are searching for those who have been missing
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake caused at least 65 deaths and hundreds of people remain missing or stranded.
After a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in China, rescue efforts are underway. It killed at least 65 people and left many others stranded or missing from China’s Sichuan province.
Rescuers searched through rubble in remote villages Tuesday to locate survivors and missing persons after the earthquake that triggered landslides.
On Tuesday, at least 65 people died. More than 200 are still trapped in remote areas and many others are missing. Nearly 250 people are currently being treated for injuries sustained in the disaster. Several others are critically injured.
Monday’s earthquake struck Luding County in the province. This is an area at the Tibetan Plateau’s edge, where tectonic plates meet and which is frequently hit by earthquakes.
CCTV video on Tuesday showed firefighters pulling an injured woman from the rubble. They also carried a survivor, who was on a stretcher, across a river on what appeared to be a bridge.
According to the local meteorological office, Luding County will also see rain over three days. This could potentially hinder rescue efforts.
China’s state-run announced Tuesday that more than 50.000 people had been evacuated after the earthquake. China Earthquake Networks Centre recorded at most 10 aftershocks by 7 a.m. local time (23.00 GMT).
Tents were erected to shelter those who had to move from their homes after the earthquake.
Rescuers are currently working to restore power, water, and telecommunications services. They also deliver food to residents. The earthquake cut power to many towns, several highways were destroyed and seven hydropower stations of small-to-midsize suffered damage.
China’s President Xi Jinping ordered an “all-out rescue effort”, which included the deployment of the People’s Liberation Army. Over 6,500 emergency personnel have been dispatched to assist in the rescue and search operations.
The deadliest earthquake
China’s most deadly earthquake of recent years occurred in Sichuan in 2008. A 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck in 2008, leaving nearly 90,000.
The earthquake caused widespread destruction in towns, schools, and rural communities outside of Chengdu. It prompted a long-running effort to rebuild the area with stronger materials.
Monday’s earthquake comes after a heatwave and drought that caused water shortages, and power cuts in Sichuan province due to its dependence on hydropower. This latest disaster comes after millions of Chengdu residents were locked up in their homes by strict COVID-19 restrictions.
Taiwan’s government offered condolences to China on Tuesday and stated that it is ready to send rescuers in a gesture of goodwill to Beijing despite the military tensions.
Taiwan’s presidential office stated that President Tsai-Ing-wen offered her sympathy and concern.
Taiwan’s fire service said it had formed a rescue team and could leave immediately for the disaster zone if instructed. It also stated that it was committed to humanitarian care and disaster relief “without borders”.
China has yet to say whether it will allow foreign teams to assist in search and rescue operations.
Taiwan, which is prone to earthquakes, sent a team in 2008 to China to help with the Sichuan earthquake rescue efforts.
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