China quake toll rising
THE death toll in an earthquake that toppled houses and damaged a hotel and supermarket in China’s extreme southwest has risen to 22. More than 200 others were injured.
Witnesses reported seeing people buried under debris from buildings damaged by the quake near the border with Burma.
The quake hit while many people, including students, were home for a customary midday rest.
The 5.4-magnitude quake hit at a depth of 33km.
Many houses collapsed in the tremor. Witnesses said parts of a supermarket and hotel also caved in.
The tremor triggered power outages in Yingjiang county and three aftershocks were registered.