Earthquake in Yunnan Province injures five Burmese


Mizzima, 10 march 2011,

Bangkok (Mizzima) – At least 35 people were killed and 135 were injured according to unofficial estimates following a 5.4 magnitude earthquake which hit Yingjiang in China’s Yunnan Province on Thursday afternoon, rescue teams say.

A man carries the body of a woman who was killed after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Yingjiang County in southwest China's Yunnan Province on March 10, 2011. Unofficially, at least 19 people were killed and 174 others injured in the earthquake that struck a remote area of southwest China near the border with Burma, officials said. AFP PHOTO

A man carries the body of a woman who was killed after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake hit Yingjiang County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province on March 10, 2011. Unofficially, at least 19 people were killed and 174 others injured in the earthquake that struck a remote area of southwest China near the border with Burma, officials said. AFP PHOTO

Five Burmese sustained minor injuries, according to a source close to migrant workers, who said there were about 1,000 Burmese migrants in Yingjiang.

The earthquake hit at about 1 p.m., and its epicenter was located about 225 kms southwest of Dali in Yingjiang County in Yunnan Province.

A text message sent by a Yunnan Province rescue team to subscribers via a mobile network placed the unofficial death toll at 35 and at least 135 people injured.

Many buildings were destroyed by the earthquake, power was cut and water was scarce in the area, a resident told Mizzima.

Rescue teams, the Chinese army, police and government employees turned out to try to rescue victims

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