Res­cue work goes smoothly in quake­hit Xin­jiang county

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Urumqi: Disas­ter-re­lief sup­plies have reached quake-stricken ar­eas in Akto County hit by a 6.7-mag­ni­tude earth­quake last Fri­day night, said lo­cal sources on Satur­day. Ac­cord­ing to the pub­lic­ity de­part­ment of Kizilsu Kirghiz Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture in Xin­jiang Uygur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion, 50 quilts, 100 bags of flour, 25 tents and medicine worth 10,000 yuan (FJ$3022.28) were sent to the county at 3am. In the mean­time, an emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tion sup­port ve­hi­cle as well as four mar­itime satel­lite phones were dis­patched to guar­an­tee nor­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion for lo­cal res­i­dents.

As of 6:50am, an­other 100 tents, 300 quilts, 300 coats, 200 bags of flour, 200 tonnes of coal, small gen­er­a­tors and flash­lights reached Muji, where a vil­lager was killed by a col­lapsed house. As of Satur­day noon, the earth­quake had felled 100 houses and dam­aged an­other 124. About 130 lo­cal herds­men have been evac­u­ated to a safer place. Gu Wen­sheng, Party chief of Akto County, said the re­lief sup­plies have been sent to each and ev­ery quake-af­fected vil­lager. After­shocks con­tin­ued to hit the county. A mag­ni­tude five quake, the largest so far, oc­curred at 5:23pm with a depth of six km. The quake did not cause any ca­su­al­ties, the county govern­ment said. The epi­cen­tre is in re­mote high­land area that is sparsely pop­u­lated. In Akto 96 per cent of the land is moun­tain. Xin­hua

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