Res­i­dents evac­u­ated af­ter Afghanistan quake

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Chi­nese res­cuers have evac­u­ated res­i­dents from quake-jolted homes in bor­der towns af­ter strong tremors from a 7.1-mag­ni­tude earth­quake that struck Afghanistan on Sun­day were felt in south­ern Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Res­cuers car­ried out door-todoor checks in vil­lages in Hotan, Kash­gar, and Kizilsu Kir­giz pre­fec­tures. No ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

In Atji­ay­ili Vil­lage lo­cated in Wakhan Cor­ri­dor, the clos­est Chi­nese vil­lage to Afghanistan, res­cue teams aided by bor­der guards and po­lice helped evac­u­ate vil­lagers whose houses are prone to quake dam­age.

When the tremors were felt, Xin­jiang rail­way au­thor­i­ties tem­po­rar­ily sus­pended train travel in south­ern Xin­jiang, caus­ing de­layed ar­rival for some trains.

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