1 000 rescued after China quake

2010-04-15 09:31

A total of 1 045 people have been rescued from the

rubble of northwestern China’s earthquake, with 107 dead bodies pulled out as

rescue efforts ploughed ahead, state media said today.

Official figures put the death toll in the quake in remote Qinghai

province on the Tibetan plateau at 598, with at least 10 000 people hurt.

It is the deadliest in China since a massive 8.0 quake hit the

southwestern province of Sichuan in May 2008, leaving at least 87 000 dead or

missing.

The China News Service said more than 6 300 soldiers and armed

police had been deployed in rescue efforts. They included army doctors, mine

rescue teams, various other military units from around the country.

Another 2 200 police officers were to be sent by the Ministry of

Public Security, it said.



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