Wednesday September 07, 2022

VIDEO: China earthquake death toll rises to 74

VIDEO: China earthquake death toll rises to 74

This photo shows the aftermath of a 6.6-magnitude earthquake in Hailuogou, Sichuan, China, on Monday. AFP

The death toll from a strong earthquake that struck southwest China has risen to 74, state media reported on Wednesday, as thousands were evacuated into temporary shelters and heavy rains threatened to cause more landslides.

The magnitude 6.6 quake hit about 43 kilometres (26 miles) southeast of the city of Kangding in Sichuan province at a depth of 10 kilometres on Monday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The state-run People's Daily said that 34 people died in Sichuan's Ya'an city, while 40 deaths were reported in neighbouring Ganzi prefecture.