Stranded cope af­ter fa­tal Chi­nese quake

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING — Stranded tourists and res­i­dents worked Wed­nes­day to clear roads and make do with power fail­ures caused by an earth­quake that killed at least 19 peo­ple and in­jured 247.

The mag­ni­tude-6.5 quake struck a moun­tain­ous Chi­nese re­gion near a na­tional park known for wa­ter­falls and karst for­ma­tions. Res­cuers dug through rub­ble with their hands and used de­tec­tors to search for signs of life. The Tues­day night quake knocked out power and phone net­works, com­pli­cat­ing ef­forts to lo­cate and evac­u­ate sur­vivors.

Most of the deaths and in­juries were recorded in Zhangzha town­ship, near the Ji­uzhaigou na­tional park, also known as Ji­uzhai Val­ley.

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping called for rapid ef­forts to re­spond to the dis­as­ter, which struck a quake-prone re­gion bor­dered by Sichuan and Gansu prov­inces. The area is on the edge of the Ti­betan Plateau and home to many Ti­betan and other eth­nic-mi­nor­ity vil­lages.

Among the in­jured, 40 peo­ple were listed in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Aba Ti­betan and Qiang Au­tonomous Pre­fec­ture gov­ern­ment in Sichuan. At least five of the dead were tourists, China’s Xin­hua News Agency said.

Among the in­jured were a Cana­dian woman, who suf­fered a slight head in­jury, and a French cit­i­zen, who suf­fered wounds in both legs and needed surgery to re­move stone frag­ments, ac­cord­ing to Xin­hua.

AP/CHINATOPIX

A para­mil­i­tary po­lice­man on Wed­nes­day car­ries a woman over a road dam­aged by an earth­quake in Ji­uzhaigou county in south­west­ern China’s Sichuan prov­ince.

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