Death Toll Rises to 1,339 in China Quake
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Rescuers help survivors out of debris in quake-hit Yushu County, northwest China's Qinghai Province, April 16, 2010. A dragnet serach for survivors is implemented throughly at all rescuing sites as the "golden 72 hours", a key surviving chance for buried people comes on Friday. Qinghai's Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu was jolted by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake Wednesday morning, which has left at least 1144 people dead. [Xinhua]
The death toll has climbed to 1,339 from a devastating earthquake in northwest China's Qinghai Province, with another 332 still missing, rescuers said Saturday.
The 7.1-magnitude quake, which struck the Yushu County in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu at 7:49 AM Wednesday, has also left 11,849 injured, 1,297 severely, Xia Xueping, a spokesman for the rescue headquarters, told a press conference.
Also Saturday, hundreds of victims were cremated on a hillside in Gyegu, the hardest quake-hit town in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu, with relatives mourning in tears and monks chanting Buddhist prayers.
(Xinhua News Agency April 17, 2010)